Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Italy Threatens To Cancel Macron Meeting Over Migrant Row

Italy Threatens To Cancel Macron Meeting Over Migrant Row

Frence President Emmanuel Macron had blasted Italy for its "cynicism and irresponsibility" in refusing to allow the migrant ship carrying 629 migrants to dock at its ports.

Incidentally, some media wrote that the Makron finally called on Thursday, June 13, the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, however, it is unknown what he was talking about officials.

The French government was more conciliatory Wednesday, when the Foreign Ministry said France recognized the burden Italy has carried.

Visiting western France, Macron initially did not respond to questions on the issue, but later told reporters: "We must never give in to emotions, which some people manipulate".

Late Wednesday Italian media citing sources said Conte was leaning toward postponing the meeting, rather than cancelling it.

The pair are set to meet Friday in Paris for talks, including on migration.

A ship carrying hundreds of migrants experiences poor weather conditions as it continues its journey to Spain.

"The EU's own survival depends on the handling of migration", Antonio Tajani tweeted, calling it "the biggest challenge of our times".

IOM urges the EU to re-consider a revision of the Dublin regulation based on the European Parliament's proposal, and to reach agreement in Council to ensure solidarity among member states fully respecting the provisions of the Treaties. The French remarks drew an angry response from Rome.

"We want to offer them a respectful reception, efficient and tranquil after what they have been through", Calvo said, adding there would be no politicians waiting for them on arrival.

"We believe an axis of the willing is needed to fight illegal migration", he said.

Seehofer has taken a tough line on immigration that's put him at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Salvini has repeatedly vowed to stem the flow of migrants to Italy, which has seen more than 700,000 arrive on its shores since 2013.

Macron had said Italy had been cynical and irresponsible for having denied entry to the Aquarius, a rescue vessel with more than 600 migrants onboard.

Matteo Salvini, the minister of the interior and the leader of the right-wing League party, said in a statement that "rescuing lives is a duty, transforming Italy into an enormous refugee camp is not".

Under the EU's asylum laws - now the subject of revision amid a major political dispute - migrants must apply for asylum in the country where they first enter Europe.

Mr Salvini said in three years, France has accepted only 640 people.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi attends an interview with Reuters at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Spain offered safe harbour in Valencia after Italy, which wants other European Union countries to accept more migrants, refused to do so.

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