ROME, JANUARY 4 – Italy is working to finalize agreements aimed at curbing arrival by blocking departures: “There is a key triangle of Countries: Niger, with which we are close to signing an agreement, Tunisia and Libya,” the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs told the Italian daily La Stampa.
“We act with rigour and humanity: we have saved many lives but we can no longer accept anybody breaking the rules. This is why we must step up expulsions and repatriations,” Alfano said.
In the interview, the Italian Minister spelled his priority for the Italian year ad a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “We must focus attention on security and the great migration flows across the Mediterranean, the place in which the destiny of the world is being played out. And we must tackle the problem at its roots: it is the conflicts in Syria and Iraq that have originated the migration of millions of refugees. And then, as a cultural superpower, we must focus on protecting cultural heritage and combating the smuggling of works of art.”
Alfano observed that “foreign policy has changed speed: whoever was accustomed to considering it as a slow process will have to come to terms with the new pace set by international issues,” he said. From migrant flows to Libya and terrorism, Italy will enter 2017 as a “protagonist”, being the Chair of the G7, which will lead to the Taormina summit in May, and as a member of the OSCE Troika (which it will lead in 2018), on top of the UN membership.
To read the interview to Minister Alfano, click here. (@OnuItalia)