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Egypt to focus on cooperation with Italy

After months of a quid-pro-quo attitude between Egypt and Italy, Egypt's legislators have decided to use a carrot instead of a stick to resolve ill will over the slaying of Italian student Giulio Regeni.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (L) listens during a news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry at the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, July 13, 2015. The visit comes two days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack at the Italian consulate in central Cairo on Saturday, in an escalation of violence that suggests militants are opening a new front against foreigners in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1K80W
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Tension between Italy and Egypt has escalated in the months since an Italian graduate student who disappeared from Cairo was tortured and killed, with both sides taking part in a series of retaliations. This week, however, the Egyptian House of Representatives decided to switch gears and take a less disruptive approach to resolving the controversy.

A special committee that was formed to follow up on the murder of Giulio Regeni — comprising members of parliament's defense, human rights and foreign relations committees — recommended July 18 that any future measures taken should employ “calm parliamentary diplomacy” instead of “confrontational diplomacy.”

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