Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday asserted that Egypt is keen on fostering cooperation with Italy in the different fields, especially the economic, trade and investment ones.
Also, he hailed fruitful and constructive cooperation with Italian companies, in particular those working in the petroleum and natural gas sectors.
President El-Sisi went on to say that Cairo looks forward to boosting cooperation with the Italian oil companies, with the aim of helping the country turn into a regional power hub.
El-Sisi's remarks came during a meeting with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, General Intelligence Service Chief Abbas Kamel and the Italian ambassador in Cairo.
During the meeting, President El-Sisi praised strong relations binding the two countries, stressing that Cairo and Rome are interested in bolstering bilateral cooperation during the coming period, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.
For his part, Milanesi expressed happiness about his visit to Egypt, underlining that the Italian government is willing to push forward ties with the Egyptian government, in addition to strengthening bilateral coordination on a number of regional issues of mutual concern, the spokesman added.
The meeting reviewed a host of files related to bilateral relations, as President El-Sisi affirmed that Egypt is eager to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni, the spokesman noted.
The Italian minister commended positive cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian authorities in this case, expressing his hope that such joint efforts will lead to the truth, the spokesman said.