June 13, 2018 / 6:16 PM / 2 months ago

Italy's PM may push back meeting with French president - source

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte may push back a planned meeting on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris amid a diplomatic spat over immigration policy, an Italian government source said on Wednesday.

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a media conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at Chigi palace in Rome, Italy, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Conte is “tending toward pushing back the trip to Paris,” the source said. “At the moment the conditions (for the meeting) don’t exist,” he added.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday said he wanted an apology from Macron for saying on Tuesday that Rome had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” by closing its ports to a migrant ship.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; Writing by Steve Scherer; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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