Italy: Macron lauds Gentiloni’s migration track record, leaders stipulate bilateral treaty

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and French President Emmanuel Macron gave a joint press conference in Rome on Thursday, during which they announced a new bilateral pact act amid a show of unity on issues such as migration and security. «We have decided to put a group of people to work towards a bilateral treaty between Italy and France, which gives a more systematic and more favourable... Еще structure to our cooperation,» Gentiloni said of the new 'Quirinale Treaty.' Touching on migration, the Italian leader spoke of «joint results» in «contrasting people traffickers in 2017.» He also expressed a wish to transform «the large migratory phenomenon that comes from Africa from a completely illegal phenomenon which is managed by criminal organisations to a phenomenon which is manageable, secure and legal.» Macron echoed these sentiments, complimenting Italy for «an excellent job in 2017 — to which I pay tribute — in reducing the destabilisation caused by migratory phenomena and succeeding in stabilising an extremely critical situation.» He also complimented Italy's deployment of troops in Niger as a coherent step in a common migratory policy. The French leader also announced a joint project with Italy in harmonising «systems of asylum, control and repatriation in [migrants'] countries of origin.» The two leaders both participated at the Fourth Summit of the Southern EU Countries the night before, agreeing on the necessity of solidarity at internal and external levels of the EU in migration matters.

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