Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health, arrived today, to Italy to deliver a medical aid, to provide Italy with the possible support to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi de Mayo expressed his happiness, thanks and appreciation for the assistance and solidarity that Egypt and the government and people of Italy have provided with the friendly government and people of Italy.
Egyptian Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi ordered that the military prepare and send two military jets to Italy to provide medical aid, including medical supplies, protective suits and disinfectants.
“This comes in line with the historical ties between the two friendly countries, contributing in easing the burden on Italy in its current plight. especially amid a severe shortage in medical supplies, medications and others as death and infections continue to rise,” Rady said.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio posted a live video on Facebook showing the arrival of Egypt’s medical aid and his reception of Egyptian health minister Hala Zayed.
The move comes one day after El-Sisi expressed in a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte his “full readiness” to support Italy amid the outbreak.
Rady said the president called Conte to express readiness to provide support, especially through an exchange of experience and coordination between healthcare officials in the two countries.
The pandemic has claimed close to 14,000 lives in locked-down Italy, with the country confirming over 115,000 detected cases since the beginning of the outbreak