Migrants: Italy-France, restart from Malta accord

Lamorgese and Darmanin, full sharing on proposals for EU

31 July, 17:43

    ROME - Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese met with her French counterpart Gérald Darmanin in Rome on Friday morning, where they discussed the Malta accord on migrants, as well as the fight against terrorism, with initiatives put in place by France against radicalization.

    Lamorgese said the Malta accord "has thus far had significant results" and said the two countries plan to restart from the accord, with the objective of arriving in Europe with "common positions also on the front of repatriations". "Common challenges await us with France," Lamorgese said. She defined the meeting with Darmanin as "very productive" and expressed satisfaction for France's attention towards Italy, given that the newly appointed French interior minister chose Italy for his first European visit. Lamorgese said Darmanin "fully shared our idea of a plan on a European level for repatriations". On this front, in addition, repatriations with Tunisia have already returned "with pre-Covid numbers".

    The minister then had a talk with European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson, "who joined my idea of going to Tunisia together to give a signal of togetherness on a European level on migratory policies".

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