For 22 months now, the words “searching for the truth” always call to mind Giulio Regeni, ever since Jan. 25, 2016, when he was kidnapped in Cairo and subjected to several days of secret imprisonment and lethal torture. “Searching for the truth” was exactly what Regeni, a doctoral student researching his thesis, was doing in the Egyptian capital.
“The truth” is exactly what millions of people and hundreds of local and cultural organizations in Italy are still asking for. But on Thursday, those words ended up outrageously associated with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. None other than our foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, described the Egyptian president as “a passionate discussion partner in the search for the truth.”
Two months ago, in September, as part of the rhetoric used to justify the return of the Italian ambassador to Cairo, Alfano had called Egypt an “essential partner” for Italy.