Op­ti­mism seen in mi­grant deal:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ger­man In­te­rior Min­is­ter Horst See­hofer on Satur­day said he re­mained op­ti­mistic about com­plet­ing a deal on mi­grants with Italy de­spite push­back from Ital­ian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini.

Salvini on Fri­day de­nied hav­ing reached a deal to take back mi­grants who had al­ready ap­plied for asy­lum in Italy, say­ing he wanted more con­ces­sions from Berlin.

See­hofer had an­nounced on Thurs­day that he had se­cured an ac­cord with Italy over the is­sue in line with sim­i­lar deals ne­go­ti­ated with Greece and Spain.

“I’m stick­ing to what I said: We will get it done,” See­hofer said dur­ing a party congress of his Bavar­ian con­ser­va­tive party.

See­hofer’s push for tougher im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies nearly led to the col­lapse of the Ger­man coali­tion gov­ern­ment ear­lier this year. Since then, Ger­many has pressed south­ern EU states to take back asy­lum seek­ers pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered in th­ese coun­tries. (RTRS)

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