"It is a unique initiative of its kind in which I strongly believe, the beginning of a path, which we like to call the 'Rome process', which must strengthen the dialogue between us, but also be open to other contributions". The prime minister said, Giorgia Meloni, opening the work of the International Conference on development and migration in Rome. "I hope this will be the first of many other initiatives," Meloni added.
"What we are inaugurating today – continued the premier – is above all a dialogue between equals, based on mutual respect because there cannot be a competitive or conflictual relationship between Europe and the enlarged Mediterranean because in reality the interests are much more convergent than we ourselves acknowledge".
"Before states there are people. – he added – Illegal immigration of mass harms everyone, except criminal organizations, which also use their force against states".
"Our priority - he continued - must be to strengthen the cooperative force between our police and judicial authorities and our intelligence structures of the various states. We must take care of the boats that are increasingly inadequate to make the crossings. The smuggler is often the last link in a chain"
The leaders of almost all the states of the southern shores of the enlarged Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf, the EU states of first port and some partners of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, the heads of European institutions and international financial institutions, of international organizations, as well as the heads of numerous United Nations agencies, are taking part in the conference organized on the initiative of the presidency of the Council, which kicked off at the Farnesina.
In detail, there are five heads of state (Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Libya, Cyprus), eight prime ministers (Libya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Malta, Jordan, Nigeria, Algeria, Lebanon), and eight ministers (Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey, Greece, Qatar, Bahrain). Also present were the heads of international organizations, as well as the heads of numerous United Nations agencies.
The Italian government is present united. In addition to the prime minister who presides over it and the deputy prime minister and foreign minister Antonio Tajani hosting it, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure participate in the front row at the conference Matthew Salvinithe interior ministers Matteo Piantedosithe undersecretaries to the presidency of the Council Alfredo Mantovano And Giovanbattista Fazzolari.
At the end of the meeting, a press conference by the Prime Minister is scheduled.