Macron and Conte hold talks in Rome

A previous meeting between Macron and Conte. (Photo credit: Il Fatto Quotidiano)

 ROME – President of France Emmanuel Macron is arrived in Rome on Wednesday for talks with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte.  The discussions focussed on the issue of migration.

 The visit is seen as representing a decrease in tension between the two countries after serious disagreements earlier this year.  A diplomatic crisis in February led to France recalling its ambassador from Italy, citing unfounded attacks from the then deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio.

 Macron's visit began with a courtesy visit to the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale, before a working dinner with Conte and a press conference.

 Conte confirmed his intentions to put in place a plan of temporary measures until the Dublin Regulation could be modified, in order to put an end to the repeated crisis situations.

 Macron agreed, saying he was sure that an automatic system for allocating migrants could be worked out.