Italian president Sergio Mattarella while speaking to the media in Algiers | Photo: ANSA/ UFFICIO STAMPA QUIRINALE/ PAOLO GIANDOTTI
Italian president Sergio Mattarella while speaking to the media in Algiers | Photo: ANSA/ UFFICIO STAMPA QUIRINALE/ PAOLO GIANDOTTI

During a visit to Algeria, Italian president Sergio Mattarella said on the issue of migration that "Europe and Africa are called upon to do more, as part of collaboration that is open, effective and sincere, where the positions may at times be distant but always respectful and constructive."

Africa and the EU must "do more" as concerns migration and if this issue is not "governed", both "our humanitarian reasons and our state systems will be overwhelmed," said Italian president Sergio Mattarella on Saturday in Algiers.

He was speaking on dialogue between the two sides of the Mediterranean, an issue he is seen to care about deeply.

More in general, the two continents divided by the Mediterranean Sea have a "shared" economic and political "destiny", he said.

Mattarella's trip to Algeria, the largest country on the African continent, will be the last outside the EU of his seven-year term. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

Europe and Africa 'are called upon to do more'

The visit included two interviews published in major Algerian broadsheets. "Europe and Africa are called upon to do more, as part of collaboration that is open, effective and sincere, where the positions may at times be distant but always respectful and constructive," Mattarella told the Algerian daily Libertè.

"The migration phenomenon must be governed for the good of everyone. Otherwise, both our humanitarian reasons and our state systems will be overwhelmed. To do this, we must deal with the deeply rooted causes of migration, especially the instability and insecurity of some areas of Africa, which require sustainable political solutions and economic and social development, an indispensable condition to ensure opportunities for the next generations."

"A model of endogenous and integrated growth, respectful of the environment and people, is the best response to uncontrolled migration phenomena. Today's challenges offer an opportunity, perhaps unique in history, to work on a vision developed together," he added.

Shared views on Libya

The two countries share views on the very delicate situation in Libya, the Italian president said."We, as does Algeria," President Mattarella said, "believe that the essential condition to achieve lasting peace is compliance with the timeline established by the UN and the Berlin Process and respect for Libyan sovereignty.He added that what is needed is the "shared will of all Libyans involved without external interferences, which leads to security across the entire Libyan territory, the holding of free elections, and the departure of mercenaries and non-state armed groups."

 

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