June 13, 2018 / 11:03 AM / in 4 months

Italy scolds France for compromising relations over immigration - statement

ROME (Reuters) - France has compromised relations with Italy because of its “unjustifiable” condemnation of Rome’s decision to close its ports to humanitarian rescue ships, Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero said on Wednesday.

The Italian minister summoned France’s envoy in Rome after French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said Italy had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” in blocking the ports, and Gabriel Attal, a spokesman for Macron’s party, said: “The Italian position makes me vomit.”

The statements “are compromising Italian and French relations,” the foreign ministry quoted Moavero as telling the French envoy. “The tone used is unjustifiable,” he said.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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