Mattarella's visit to Kenya: "Immigration can only be tackled with European action"
The press conference
"We are looking for a collaborative relationship with the countries of origin and transit, but we know that the epochal dimension of the phenomenon cannot be tackled on a bilateral level", said the president after the meeting with his counterpart Ruto
"We are looking for a collaborative relationship with the countries of origin and transit of the flows, but we know that the epochal dimension of this phenomenon, growing in every part of the world, cannot be addressed bilaterally, it can only be tackled with a joint, lucid, well-organized European action, which tackles this great epochal problem in a systemic way, which presents itself across the Mediterranean, but not only across the Mediterranean, also through the Balkan route". These are the words spoken by Sergio Mattarella, speaking of immigration and the recent tragic events that have also involved Italy, on the sidelines of the meeting with Kenyan president William Ruto.
The Italian head of state arrived in Kenya yesterday and will remain in the African republic until Thursday, between institutional visits and diplomatic meetings, during which bilateral agreements will be signed between the two countries. After the meeting with Ruto, the two presidents held a press conference. "Italy considers Kenya a virtuous example of democracy and a model of social and economic growth" and "a pillar of stability in this important region of the African continent", said Mattarella, then reiterating Italy's support: "We are beside to Kenya in this action of development of peace and collaboration so that the entire region can embark on a path of serenity and development.There is great concern for the tensions that exist also in the Great Lakes region as well as in the Horn of Africa and we strongly support - continued Mattarella - the initiatives that Kenya is developing to spread a culture of peace and social and economic development".
The press conference