CAIRO: Cooperation with Italy in the controversial case of slain student Guilio Regeni is “ongoing” and investigations are continuing, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters in a Tuesday news conference.
The cooperation is “exceptional” and Egypt has embarked on it in “appreciation of relations between the two countries,” Shoukry added.
The Egyptian side provides Italy with “all information” because there is an Egyptian desire to underscore transparency and readiness to cooperation with the Italians to find the perpetrators of Regeni’s torture and murder, the top diplomat added.
He emphasized that investigations take a long time, noting that investigations in the assassination of Attorney-General Hesham Barakat lasted for a year.
The Italian side made many requests during an Egyptian delegation’s visit to Rome, and Egypt has agreed to them except one that violates the Egyptian constitution, Shoukry said.
Egypt recently rejected an Italian request to provide phone records of all calls made in Dokki, where doctoral student Regeni had resided before his killing, and in 6 October City, where his body was found. Egyptian officials claim granting the request would violate the constitution.
Rome has withdrawn its ambassador to Cairo and announced it suspended joint investigations with Egypt.