Italy: Salvini wants apology from Paris over ‘insulting’ Aquarius remarks

Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini stated that Rome would not accept ‘insults’ from French President Emmanuel Macron, who took aim at Italian authorities for turning away a ship full of migrants, while speaking in the Italian capital on Wednesday.

Salvini confirmed that the French Ambassador to Italy had been summoned by the Italy’s Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi who, according to Salvini, would ask him for an explanation for ‘the insults directed not only against the government but also against a nation which is among the first in the world in terms of generosity, solidarity and hospitality.’

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Italian authorities of ‘cynicism and irresponsibility’ for refusing to let the stranded rescue ship ‘Aquarius’ with 629 migrants aboard dock in Sicily. Spain has since offered the boat a ‘safe harbour.’

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