CAIRO: Talks with members of the European Parliament (EP) about the Regeni murder case and the state of human rights in Egypt are “fruitful,” Egyptian MP Sherin Farrag was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.
A 13-member Egyptian parliamentary delegation has traveled to Strasbourg, France on Sunday to meet with EP members to defend Egypt’s stance in the wake of the a recent EP resolution, which highlighted in particular the unsolved murder case of Italian student Giulio Regeni and alleged human rights violations.
Farrag, who is a member of the delegation, said the results of the meetings over human rights and Regeni issues “have been positive and promising so far.” She pointed out the two sides also tackled issues related to reports on illegal foreign funds received by NGOs, stance of minorities.
On March 10, a resolution was overwhelmingly passed by EP members condemning the suspected torture and murder of Regeni by Egyptian security forces, that also called for suspension of security co-operation with Egypt consequently.
In response, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement “regretting” the resolution. The EP has treated “unsubstantiated accusations and media reports as hard evidence and facts”, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry retorted.