“Great interest” in Macron’s proposal on migration – Meloni – French

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(ANSA) – ROME, SEPTEMBER 25 – Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Sunday evening that she had received “with great interest” the proposal made by French President Emmanuel Macron during a live television interview to work together to fight against irregular migration to Europe.

“I welcome with great interest the proposal of French President Emmanuel Macron to work together to fight illegal immigration,” Meloni said in a statement.

“It is clear that Italy, France and the EU must act together to support the states of origin of migrants and help states of transit to dismantle criminal networks of human trafficking,” she said. for follow-up.

“This is the direction that the Italian government has already taken and which it wants to continue with the European institutions and its European allies,” concluded Meloni.

The statement comes after Macron said in a television interview that “we cannot leave the Italians alone.”

“Most of the migrants” arriving by sea in Lampedusa “come from sub-Saharan Africa, from countries to which we provide development aid,” Macron said.

“We have to tell them ‘we will help you, but you have to help us dismantle the smuggling organizations’,” he added.

“I want to work with the Italian Prime Minister, because she made a strong choice, which is not the one made a few months ago and followed by Italy,” Macron said.

“I see that in the majority, there are those who give simplistic and nationalist answers,” he continued.

“Where there was an Italy that said ‘let’s not take any more boats’, ‘let’s send them elsewhere’, Italy now takes the responsibility of being what we call the first port of security,” Macron added.

“We must play our role as Europeans and not leave the Italians to their own devices,” he concluded.

Since the start of the year, Italy has seen a 100% increase in the number of migrants and refugees arriving on its southern shores compared to the same period in 2022.

The government has insisted on the need for a collective European response to what is essentially a European issue.



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