Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Tunisia minister to visit Lampedusa following shipwreck


(ANSA) - Lampedusa (Agrigento), September 13 - Tunisian
Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem will visit the island of
Lampedusa Friday, where last week a vessel carrying Tunisian
nationals was shipwrecked close to the southern Italian island.
Abdessalem on Wednesday met with his Italian counterpart,
Giulio Terzi, in Rome.
He will stop in Lampedusa during his return trip from
The Tunisian government official is scheduled to meet with
the mayor of the island, Giusi Nicolini.
Nicolini on Wednesday met with a Tunisian delegation that
was made up of diplomats and of presidential staff.
They were carrying with them a list of 36 names of possible
shipwreck victims.
Abdessalem will also visit a processing center where 56
survivors of the incident are currently being housed.
"I share the preoccupation of the Tunisian government and
their attempts to seek to understand what actually happened, and
that the search for the victim must continue along with the
repatriation of the bodies", said Nicolini.
"It is not acceptable that in order to emigrate today, in
2012, one must take to the sea in a clandestine manner and risk
one’s life.
"Italy and Tunisia must ensure that this macabre and
unjustifiable ritual ends for good".

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