A row had popped up on French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks that he made of cynicism and irresponsibility accusing the Italian government. The row ignited when Rome refused to take the 629 migrants that were onboard a rescue ship and Macron commented on it. The migrants were finally taken by Spain.
Reacting to it, Italy summoned France’s envoy and demanded an apology from the President. It also cancelled the meeting that was scheduled between the economy ministers of the two countries. Italy also threatened that the talks between its premier Giuseppe Conte and Macron scheduled to take place in Paris on Friday will also be called off if no official apology is issued by France.
Following this strong reaction from Italy, the French President tried resolving the tension between the two countries saying that he didn’t mean to cause offence. In a telephone call with the Italian PM, Giuseppe Conte Macron stressed that his comments were not meant to offend either Italy or its people. After this, the tension ebbed between the two nations and the lunch meet between the leaders will now proceed as planned.
The Pope also intervened urging the politicians everywhere to come together and help the refugees. Pope Francis said in a conference that was held at the Vatican on migration, “The move from considering others as threats to our comfort to valuing them as persons whose life experience and values can contribute greatly to the enrichment of our society.”
Since 2014, there have been more than 1.8 million migrants who have arrived in Europe. Italy is sheltering more than 170,000 of them as registered and another 500,000 as unregistered. The EU summit will be discussing on the bloc’s asylum rules by June end.