Italy says without France apology Conte-Macron meet should be cancelled

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday that without an “official apology” from France, a planned meeting between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday should be cancelled.

“If an official apology doesn’t arrive, prime minister Conte would be right not to go to France,” Salvini told reporters after demanding that France take in more migrants.

Macron had blasted Italy for its “cynicism and irresponsibility” in refusing to welcome 629 migrants left stranded on an French rescue ship in the Mediterranean before Spain agreed to take them in.

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