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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Egypt agrees to provide more info on Regeni case after pressure from UK, Italy

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday that Egypt has agreed to examine phone records in the Giulio Regeni case and report any findings to the Italians, according to AP. Shoukry reiterated the deputy prosecutor’s claim that handing over individual records would be unconstitutional, making it unclear how Egypt plans to hand over information in a form that could be useful to investigators. Meanwhile, the UK government is adding even more pressure, saying it has raised the case with Egyptian authorities in London and Cairo and called for a full and transparent investigation, according to The Guardian.

Meanwhile: Unnamed Italian sources told Al Shorouk yesterday that Rome plans to return its ambassador to Egypt early next week with a loaded message. The move to recall Maurizio Massari on Friday will be followed by harsher steps if Egypt does not provide Italy with all the details it needs to close the case, the source tells Al Shorouk. Speaking anonymously, a foreign ministry official told Reuters that without a breakthrough, “Italy could advise against tourist travel to Egypt and halt cultural or educational exchanges.” An Italian cabinet source told La Repubblica yesterday that Egypt has emerged as “a necessary but dangerous” ally. Silvia Colombo, a senior fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome agrees, telling Reuters: “I don’t think Italy will jeopardise trade ties, not in the current economic climate.”

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