ROME, MARCH 26 – “The Mediterranean and Africa must be the focus of our action. It is there that [we find] the key challenge of the 21st cent. By helping them, we help ourselves…”, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano told the Catholic daily “L’Avvenire”.
“In some African countries something seems to be changing for the better, but we must all do our share”. Italy has done its share, he added: “The new Fund for Africa launched two weeks ago is specially focused on Libya, Tunisia and Niger, but includes other important countries such as Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Somalia, Senegal and Sudan.”
The Fund is endowed with 200 million euros in projects pursuing a single goal, i.e. uprooting human trafficking to stop the flow of irregular migrants. “Once again we have acted with a view to being rigorous as well as humane and the results we have obtained, from the point of view of security, pay testimony to the accuracy of our decision. The approach is the right one: we expelled radicalised migrants ahead of sentences being issued by our magistrates and we have been the ‘world champions’ in saving lives at sea and receiving those fleeing war and persecution. Security and solidarity can coexist; they must proceed together”, Alfano explained.
Niger, he added, is a crucial hub: “Soon I will sign an important agreement, enhancing border control along their frontiers, which means indirectly strengthening control on European borders”.
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