Everything is ready for the normalization of diplomatic relations between Italy and Egypt.
On Sept. 14, while the new Egyptian Ambassador Hisham Badr will take his place in the Roman residence, our Giampaolo Cantini will reopen the windows of the beautiful Garden City building, closed for the last 17 months. This residence is located in the historic Cairo district overlooking the eastern shore of the Nile at the same level of Dokki, the neighborhood where Giulio Regeni lived and disappeared on Jan. 25, 2016.
The reason is simple. Minister Angelino Alfano explained it well before the Foreign Affairs Committees of the House and the Senate, which were summoned to listen to the reasons for the government’s action during the August break: “There are so many partnerships between Italy and Egypt that it would be counterproductive to collapse or eliminate them; Egypt is an inalienable partner of Italy just as Italy is an inescapable partner of Egypt.” Period.
In the meantime, however, the leader of the Farnesina assured, “Giulio will not be forgotten, and to prevent his descent into oblivion, we would like to name the Italian-Egyptian university after him. This institution is a project that I hope will find new life with the return of the ambassador,” as well as an auditorium and other chattels.