CAIRO: Egypt received Saturday an official notification about recalling the Italian ambassador to Cairo for “consultations” over the murder of Italian researcher Guilio Regeni, stated Foreign Minister Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement.
The statement was issued few hours after Egypt announced it has not been “officially notified” about Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s decision to recall the ambassador.
On Friday, Italy said it will recall Italian Ambassador to Cairo Maurizio Massari for “an urgent evaluation of more opportune initiatives to re-launch the commitment aimed at determining the truth about the barbarous murder of Giulio Regeni,” Gentiloni said in a statement Friday.
Italian authorities also announced boycotting investigative cooperation with Cairo during the visit of Egyptian team of investigators to Rome. On Tuesday, Gentiloni said in a speech at the Italian Parliament that in case Egyptian authority did not change its tack, his country “would take unspecified measures against Cairo,” Reuters reported.
Guilio Regeni, 28, was murdered in late January/early February and investigations revealed signs of torture on his body. In late March, the Egyptian Interior Ministry stated that police had killed four “gang members” reportedly involved in his killing; however, Regeni’s family has said it is not convinced of Egypt’s statements.