Italy, France spar over mi­grant ship

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

ROME (AFP) — Italy post­poned high-level talks with France on Wed­nes­day af­ter Paris branded Rome ir­re­spon­si­ble for re­fus­ing to take in a mi­grant res­cue ship.

Italy’s new econ­omy min­is­ter post­poned a meet­ing with his French coun­ter­part in Paris as their coun­tries traded barbs over the treat­ment of more than 600 mi­grants rescued off the Libyan coast at the week­end.

The mi­grants were stranded on the Aquar­ius ves­sel un­til Spain said the ship could land at its port of Va­len­cia. It is ex­pected to ar­rive there later this week.

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron ac­cused Italy’s new populist govern­ment of “cyn­i­cism and ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity” for clos­ing its ports to the 629 mi­grants.

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