Merkel praises Italy on migrants, we have close cooperation

Gentiloni says less casualties at sea thanks to Italy

16 February, 12:36

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 16 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni at a press conference in Berlin on Friday, saying there has been a ''close cooperation with Italy on migrants''.

    ''Rome's activities are very important'', the chancellor said.

    ''Over the past few years we have had a close cooperation between Italy and Germany, especially on the migration issue.

    Activities on the Mediterranean route are prominent and extremely significant and I want to thank you with all my heart, dear Paolo'', Merkel told Gentiloni.

    ''Thanks to our work, trafficking networks have reduced their ability, landings have gone down, deaths at sea have diminished and assisted voluntary repatriations from Libya to the countries of origin have increased'', the Italian premier said.

    On the Dublin agreement, Gentiloni said that ''there is a negotiation that is moving forward. We believe that we must work to find an agreement in which to combine together the principles of responsibility and solidarity by different members of the EU''.

    ''We cannot accept the idea that a country ignores its joint responsibilities on the theme of migrants. Everyone must play their part, nobody can think of using one part of the European scheme, refusing the others''.


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