Italy post­pones Paris meet­ing over mi­grant ship is­sue

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ITALY’S new econ­omy min­is­ter Gio­vanni Tria has post­poned a meet­ing with his French coun­ter­part in Paris, as a diplo­matic row spi­ralled over Rome’s re­fusal to take in an over­crowded mi­grant ship.

Tria had been due to meet his French coun­ter­part Bruno Le Maire in Paris on Wednesday.

Soon af­ter the can­cel­la­tion was an­nounced the French econ­omy min­istry said that both min­is­ters had spo­ken over the phone and had “agreed that Mr Tria will come to Paris in the com­ing days”.

The ini­tial can­cel­la­tion came via a tweet from the Ital­ian econ­omy min­istry’s Twit­ter ac­count which also con­firmed that Tria’s meet­ing with Ger­man Econ­omy Min­is­ter Olaf Scholz sched­uled yes­ter­day would go ahead in Berlin.

Le Maire had ini­tially re­sponded with “re­gret” at Tria’s de­ci­sion, adding that he had “many im­por­tant sub­jects to dis­cuss with Mr Tria” ahead of a EU sum­mit at the end of June.

Tria’s de­ci­sion came af­ter Rome de­manded an of­fi­cial apol­ogy from France over its com­ments on Italy’s treat­ment of the Aquar­ius ves­sel that was left in limbo in the Mediter­ranean af­ter sav­ing 629 peo­ple off Libya.

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron had blasted Italy for its “cyn­i­cism and ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity” in re­fus­ing to al­low the mi­grant ship to dock at its ports.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini said Prime Min­is­ter Giuseppe Conte, who is due to meet Macron in Paris to­day, “would be right not to go to France” should such an apol­ogy not ar­rive.

Italy’s econ­omy min­is­ter Gio­vanni Tria

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