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Egypt editor warns of break in ties with Italy over student

FILE -- In this Tuesday, March 29, 2016 file photo, Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, center, flanked by lawyer Alessandra Ballerini, left, and by senator Luigi Manconi attend a press conference at the Italian Senate, in Rome. The editor of Egypt's top state newspaper called on Egyptian authorities Sunday, April 3, 2016, to seriously deal with the case of an Italian student tortured and killed in Cairo, saying officials who didn't realize the gravity of the case are risking Egyptian-Italian relations. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has insisted Italy will settle for nothing less than the truth. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

FILE -- In this Tuesday, March 29, 2016 file photo, Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, center, flanked by lawyer Alessandra Ballerini, left, and by senator Luigi Manconi attend a press conference at the Italian Senate, in Rome. The editor of Egypt's top state newspaper called on Egyptian authorities Sunday, April 3, 2016, to seriously deal with the case of an Italian student tortured and killed in Cairo, saying officials who didn't realize the gravity of the case are risking Egyptian-Italian relations. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has insisted Italy will settle for nothing less than the truth. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)  (The Associated Press)

The editor of Egypt's top state newspaper is calling on authorities to seriously deal with the case of an Italian student tortured and killed in Cairo, saying officials who don't realize the gravity of the case are risking a break in Egyptian-Italian relations.

In front-page comments, Al-Ahram's editor Mohammed Abdel-Hadi Allam charged that Egypt was embarrassed and has been placed in a "very grave situation" by officials who don't understand the "value of truth" and the priority given to human rights in Europe.

He also warned that a "moment of truth" between Egypt and Italy over what happened to Guilio Regeni may be fast approaching.

The Regeni case has roiled Cairo's relations with Rome, with Regeni's family and Italian media accusing Egyptian security forces of killing him.