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No agreement yet on Italian frigate sale to Egypt

04 March 2020
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Italian shipyard Fincantieri has yet to submit the necessary export request to sell two Bergamini-class frigates to Egypt, Alberto Cutillo, the director of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Military Material Authorisation Unit (UAMA), said on 3 March.

Cutillo told the commission investigating the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian who was tortured and killed in Egypt in 2016, that the foreign and defence ministries had no differing opinions when they approved Fincantieri’s request to negotiate the sale. He added that the absence of an export request from the company indicated that talks are continuing.

The Italian press has identified the frigates that would be sold as Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi , both of which are being completed for the Italian Navy but have yet to be commissioned.

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