Italy PM confirms meeting with France's Macron: statement

Thu 14 Jun 2018 at 12:19 International
NNA - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday confirmed his planned Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, a statement said, after a conciliatory phone call between the two politicians.


Conte had considered pushing back the visit amid a diplomatic spat that broke out with France after Italy closed its ports to a humanitarian migrant rescue ship earlier this week. Macron and Conte spoke by telephone on Thursday evening, a statement said.


"President Macron underscored that he did not say anything that was meant to offend Italy or the Italian people," a statement from the Italian prime minister’s office said.


"Macron and Conte agreed that with the end-June European Union summit looming, it is necessary that new initiatives are discussed together."--REUTERS


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