CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Monday after the Italian consulate in downtown Cairo was damaged in a car bomb attack Saturday, said Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Monday.
A street vendor was killed and ten civilians were injured at the blast; four children, aged 7-13, were among the casualties. No Italian nationals were among the victims. Islamic State affiliate in Sinai has claimed responsibility for the attack.
After the blast, Sisi received a phone call from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who emphasizing Rome’s support to Egyptian efforts to “combat terrorism.”
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry assured Gentiloni in a phone call that Egypt is able to “uproot terrorism.”
On July 7, Gentiloni visited Egypt to participate in a tripartite foreign ministerial meeting among Italy, Egypt, and Algeria to discuss the Libya’s security and political turmoil.