“More than 1,750 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean within 24 hours, Italy’s coast guard said Thursday, as EU leaders prepared for a summit on stemming the flow of boats from North Africa to Europe,” The Localreports today.
On the eve of the Malta meeting, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and his Libyan counterpart signed a deal in Rome on tackling people smugglers in the North African country.
Italy pledged money, coast guard training and equipment to assist the UN-backed government and urged EU leaders to do the same when they meet in Valletta to address the worst migrant crisis since World War II.
Closing the smuggling route from Libya to Europe is “within our reach”, EU chief Donald Tusk said Thursday.
Cynical observers could be forgiven for questioning the Italian government’s commitment to “stemming the flow of boats from North Africa to Europe” considering that the country’s…
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