The UAE has strongly condemned the cowardly attack that targeted a convoy of the United Nations World Food Program near Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and resulted in the death of the Italian ambassador and two others, and the attack was met with European condemnation.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence aimed at destabilizing security and stability, and contrary to religious and humanitarian values and principles. The Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences and condolences to the families of the victims, due to this heinous crime.
Egypt expressed its condolences over the killing of the Italian ambassador. In a post on his Twitter account, Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, the official spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote: “We express our sincere condolences and sincere sympathy for the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Atanazio, following an attack by gunmen on a United Nations convoy, with invitations. That God inspire his family and his family of patience and solace.
The Italian President Sergio Mattarella denounced the “cowardly attack” during which the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Atanazio, was killed, as well as an Italian soldier, Vittorio Yakovaci, and their driver. Mattarella added, “The Italian Republic is in mourning for state employees who lost their lives while carrying out their duties,” denouncing a “violent act” carried out while they were in a car as part of the UN mission’s convoy.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed the killing of its ambassador, Atanazio, noting that he was on a trip with a United Nations convoy in the east of the country. “It is with deep sadness that the Foreign Ministry confirms the killing of Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Atanazio and a soldier,” she said in a statement.
According to a diplomatic source in Kinshasa, the ambassador was shot dead. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who was in Brussels to participate in a meeting with his European counterparts, announced his early return to Rome, and in Brussels, European officials expressed their condolences to the Italian ambassador’s family.
European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet, “I was shocked to learn of the news of the attack on the WFP convoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the casualties,” expressing condolences to the families of those killed in the attack. “Security and peace must be restored,” he added. The European Union will stand with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its people. ” European Parliament President David Sassoli expressed his “deep sorrow” over the casualties in the attack.
Biography of a diplomat
Luca Atanazio, 43, has served as Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo since November 2019, having arrived in the country two years ago as a mission head. He entered the diplomatic corps in late 2003, after completing his studies in the field of commerce at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.
He started working in the economic affairs department before moving on to African issues and international cooperation. Abroad, he was appointed first as Head of the Economic and Commercial Department at the Italian Embassy in Bern (2006-2010) and then Consul General in Casablanca, Morocco (2010-2013). After spending a period in Rome, he was appointed as a counselor at the Italian Embassy in Nigeria in 2015.
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