Di Maio calls for stop to funds for Tunisia

Italian FM at Joint Committee for Cooperation

31 July, 17:45

    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio

    ROME - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Friday asked the Joint Committee for Development Cooperation to postpone discussions on allocations of funds by the Committee to Tunisia.

    "I am asking you to suspend this allocation of 6.5 million euros pending a broader, integrated plan proposed by deputy foreign minister Del Re, and another side in collaboration that we asked Tunisian authorities for in the area of migration," Di Maio said. "We are all perfectly conscious of the importance of cooperation for development towards some countries, including for preventing uncontrolled migratory flows, but in this phase in which we are asking Tunisia - which I remind you is a safe port - for clarification regarding an increase of arrivals to Italy, it's good to have a 360-degree approach. Also because these are interventions in favour of the local communities, which are essential for containing the slowdown in flows," Di Maio said.

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