Italy's Salvini to skip Paris meeting on Libya and migration

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 22 Jul 2019, 01:35 PM
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told his French counterpart Christophe Castaner that he would not attend the Paris meeting on Libya and immigration, which France is set to host.

Salvini said in an interview with France's Le Journal newspaper on Sunday that he would not attend the meeting.

But an Italian source in Rome said that the Italian government had decided to participate in the Paris meeting with low level representatives for the Interior Ministry.

During their meeting last Thursday in Helsinki, the French and Italian interior ministers did not reach a consensus on dealing with the migration problem in the Mediterranean.

The announcement by SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a new campaign to rescue migrants off the coast of Libya at the end of the month has increased tension between France and Italy over immigration.

The Paris municipality has allocated 100,000 euros to help the two organizations in this mission, but France refuses to accept any migrants at its ports and has a "nearest port as the first port" policy, which places the responsibility on Italy and Malta.

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