Just isolate us and self-flagellate for the Italian orders of Leonardo and Fincantieri in Egypt. The analysis by Michele Nones, vice-president of the Institute for International Affairs
The government's approval of Egypt's request to buy two modern Fremm frigates, almost completed and destined for the Navy, is a signal that our country, and especially its ruling class, is becoming more mature. Confirmation lies not only in the result that was reached at the end of a scrupulous examination of this request, but also in the approach that was followed.
Obviously other aspects have also weighed, but they have been pieces of a much broader picture. In this time of economic crisis, the value of the contract, around 1.2 billion euros, is particularly important. And even more so is the concrete prospect of supplying Egypt with other frigates and a class of patrols, as well as combat and training aircraft, tenfold the value of the current sale and in fact becoming the main partner of the force modernization process Egyptian armies.
It is a recognition of our areas of technological and industrial excellence and also of the related military capabilities: after and together with the supply there will be a great commitment in the training of the Egyptian military and technicians involved and in logistical support (the average life of a ship or plane it reaches twenty years, during which there may be several modernization phases).
Because if at the end of a new order the will and political support also count, at the beginning the effectiveness and competitiveness of our equipment and our ability to "do" count: it was valid for the recent American orders to Fincantieri and Leonardo , as well as before for ships and helicopters in Qatar, for trainers in Israel, for combat aircraft in Kuwait.
The same can be said for the message that in this way Italy gives to other current or potential partners (but also to competitors, even friends): we are interested and willing to build collaborative relationships with the countries with which we can share the commitment to protect international security and a peaceful coexistence albeit between different political models.
The strengthened Italo-Egyptian collaboration will encourage our attempts to help stabilize the southern Mediterranean front and, in particular, the Libyan juniper where, as in medieval Italy, internal clashes are now led by external forces which, in some cases , participate directly.
At the same time, this agreement will allow for greater economic and industrial ties: Egypt represents a market of 101 million inhabitants with an average age of 24.7 years. It also holds important gas resources, in addition to controlling the Suez Canal.
The case of Giulio Regeni inevitably weighs on Italian-Egyptian relations. An open wound remains that not even time can soothe. The case of Patrick Zaki, although completely different, added a further problem to the clearing of relations between the two states.
Keeping the two plans separate, that of moral and even political judgment and that of relations between countries (in the awareness that the respective governments and also forms of government can change, but that the countries remain), represents the only possible solution in a world inexorably interconnected and integrated, but above all complicated and changeable like the one in which we have to get used to living.
It is unthinkable to make our relations with other countries conditioned by a kind of "buffer" which measures every slightest alteration in the level of democracy and which automatically leads to quarantine. The result would be to isolate ourselves in the world and, in the face of some of our questionable decisions or shortcomings, to risk self-flagellation.
Each country must be evaluated, based on its history and characteristics, on the level of acceptability in the international community. And this, despite the seriousness of the Regeni and Zaki cases, certainly allows us to pursue the strengthening of our relations with Egypt, while continuing to exert all the pressure possible to obtain answers to the tragic death of the former and to the imprisonment without conviction of the second.
(Excerpt from an article published in International Affairs: here the full version )
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/vi-spiego-perche-e-folle-castrare-le-commesse-di-leonardo-e-fincantieri-allegitto/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vi-spiego-perche-e-folle-castrare-le-commesse-di-leonardo-e-fincantieri-allegitto on Sun, 14 Jun 2020 05:47:14 +0000.