Egypt parliament to review relations with Italy over halting of military supplies

Egyptian parliament09/07/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Informed sources disclosed Saturday that the speaker of Egypt’s parliament, Ali Abdel-Al, has asked the heads of three parliamentary committees to conduct a review of Egyptian-Italian relations. Abdel-Al’s move comes two days after Egypt’s parliament condemned in a statement a decision by the Italian parliament to suspend the supply of some military spare parts to Egypt. Italy’s decision came as a response to what it says is Egypt’s failure to cooperate with Italy in the investigation into the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo earlier this year. The Egyptian parliament’s statement described the Italian parliament’s decision as “an escalatory step” that could negatively affect the future of Egyptian-Italian relations. Abdel-Al told reporters that “it is deplorable that this dangerous step on the part of the Italian parliament comes at a time when Egypt is leading a fierce war against terrorist organisations.” “We were also surprised that this step comes after judicial authorities in both Egypt and Italy were stepping up cooperation in a bid to unravel the mystery of [Regeni’s death],” said Abdel-Al…




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