• Italy welcomes ‘strategic partner’ Egypt


    ROME: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) hailed Egypt as a “strategic partner” of Italy and Europe in the latest sign of Cairo’s rehabilitation on the international stage. Renzi was speaking after hosting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the opening day of a trip to Italy and France that marks the former general’s first official visit to Europe since his 2013 overthrow of his elected Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.



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