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Italy summons French ambassador after France criticised Italy’s ‘irresponsible’ decision to turn away 629 migrants, as rescue ships continue voyage to Spain
- French President Emanuel Macron said this week Italy was being ‘irresponsible’
- Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said France should be taking on more migrants
- The MV Aquarius carrying 629 migrants was left stranded after being blocked
- It is now en route to Valencia after Spanish authorities offered the boat asylum
Italy has summoned the French ambassador to a meeting after France condemned the new coalition government over its treatment of migrants.
Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has led the coalition in turning away fully-laden migrant craft from the shores of Sicily – refusing entry to a boat carrying 629 people this week.
The migrants aboard the Aquarius, run by French charity SOS Mediterranee, were stuck on the overloaded ship for over 30 hours as Italy and Malta bickered over who should take them.