The relationship between France and Italy is based on mutual respect between our two countries and their leaders. This is the spirit of the Quirinal Treaty.
It is also in a spirit of solidarity that the French Government would like to work with Italy to tackle the common challenge posed by the spike in migration flows, from the Central Mediterranean in particular.
This issue must be dealt with by all the Member States, bearing in mind that we will succeed and be effective only through consultation and calm dialogue.
The external dimension of migration, which involves, among other things, closely strengthening cooperation with migrants' countries of origin and transit, is one of the pillars of Europe's strategy and is the subject of discussions between the French and Italian governments, particularly the two foreign ministers.