On Wednesday evening, September 18, French President Emmanuel macron met with Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte. The meeting was held in the framework of a short official visit of a French President in Rome.
In a joint statement following the talks, the policy outlined the key issues that have been discussed. Giuseppe Conte welcomed Emmanuel Macron and noted “the historical connection between France and Italy, underlying the European project.” The French President called his visit a demonstration of “willingness to work together” and “a friendly message to the Italian people from the French.”
The most controversial was predictable question of immigration. It was he who caused the greatest number of disagreements between the two countries during the first government of the Conte. The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy stressed that his country is against illegal immigration. Emmanuel macron stressed that the solution to a complex migration issue is not stirring up nationalist sentiment, and “European cooperation”. According to him, to date the EU, apparently, failed to show adequate support to countries such as Italy and Malta, i.e. countries, to the shores of which approach the humanitarian ships with migrants on Board. He told about the readiness to study of the Dublin agreement, and to begin work on the establishment of a mechanism that would support this guarantee and would include the distribution of arrivals of migrants between European countries, as soon as they are on the territory of States that have adopted a ship. Macron said that the basis of this mechanism should be based on the principles of “humanity, solidarity and efficiency” and stressed that all EU countries should be included in this strategy or punished financially.
And macron, and Conte pointed out the Libyan issue among strategic Franco-Italian relations. Politicians said the joint initiative to create a special Commission under the auspices of the UN. It is expected that the participants will work on finding a political compromise to exit the crisis in Libya.