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We lost a dear friend…

It is with great sadness and personal pain that I confirm you the very bad news that some of you have probably read in the news, of the disappearance of our common friend Mahmoud Gebril.

He suffered from a heart attack on March 20 and then hospitalized in Cairo, where he took Coronavirus after one week and complicated.

We all loose a dear friend, always very much participating in our initiatives, the latest of which was the Festival of Catania, last May. More recently, only on March 13, he had been among the first signatories of our call for Mario Draghi as Super Commissioner for the emergency, which I have sent to the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.


Gebril will remain in the books of history for having tried to help the peace process in his battered country, Libya, to which we Italians feel so close.

But he has impressed us also for his authoritativeness when describing the international scenarios and, at the same time, his human trait, reserved but friendly.

Dear Mahmoud, we will miss you!

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