Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy doesn't deserve reproach, France say sorry -Salvini (2)

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Rome, June 13 - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told
the Senate on Wednesday that the French government should
apologise for its criticism of Rome's handling of the case of
migrant-rescue ship Aquarius.
"We have nothing to learn from anyone in terms of
solidarity," said Salvini, who is also deputy premier and leader
of the League party.
"Our history does not deserve to be reproached in these terms
by members of the French government, who I hope apologise".
The Italian foreign ministry in Rome on Wednesday summoned
the French ambassador after French President Emmanuel Macron
called Salvini "cynical and irresponsible" in refusing to allow
the Aquarius to offload 629 migrants at an Italian port at the
weekend.
The spokesman for his En Marche party described Italy's
migrant policy as "sickening"
Salvini said Macron should prove that he really wants to do
something to help the migrant crisis by taking in 9,000 asylum
seekers.
"Macron should go from words to deeds and tomorrow morning
receive the 9,000 migrants he committed to receiving," Salvini
said.
The minister said that France has taken only 340 of the 9,816
migrants who were meant to be relocated there in three years.
"France says that we are cynical but between January 1 and
May 31 it turned back 10,249 people at the border, including
women and disabled children," Salvini said.
He added that Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez should
continue being "generous" after offering Valencia as a port of
safety for the Aquarius.
"I thank Spain and Premier Sanchez from the heart," Salvini
said.
"I hope that he continues to exercise his generosity in the
coming weeks, having space to do so".
Salvini said Italy receives around 170,000 migrants, compared
to 16,000 for Spain.

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