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Newsline: Italy Summons French Ambassador in Row Over Migrant Ship

Italy’s foreign minister summoned the French ambassador to Rome in an escalating row over the Italian government’s decision to block access for a migrant rescue ship. Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi summoned the ambassador to a morning meeting “following the statements made yesterday in Paris on the Aquarius affair,” his ministry said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Italy was “cynical and irresponsible” over the migrant vessel which had been left stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to grant it permission to dock. International law says the country with the nearest coastline is responsible for welcoming ships in distress, Macron told a cabinet meeting, according to government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, of the anti-immigrant League, has spearheaded a hardline stand on curbing arrivals from across the Mediterranean as a priority for the new populist coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. The Aquarius, with some 600 people saved from the sea over the last few weeks, is sailing to Spain after the country agreed to welcome the ship.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-13/italy-summons-french-ambassador-in-row-over-migrant-ship

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Newsline: Italy summons French ambassador over cross-border urine test

The Italian foreign ministry summoned France’s ambassador, after uniformed French customs officers crossed the border to confront a man suspected of carrying drugs. France insisted the presence of its personnel at an alpine railway station just inside Italy was acceptable. However, the French ambassador, Christian Masset, was summoned over what Rome called “a serious act considered outside the scope of cooperation between states sharing a border”. The foreign ministry added that the neighbouring countries would address the issue further at a meeting in Turin on 16 April. The dispute began late on Friday when the French officials turned up at a train station in the Italian alpine village of Bardonecchia and told a man to provide a urine sample. The Rainbow4Africa NGO, which has for months occupied part of the train station to help migrants headed for France, filed a complaint about the treatement of the man, who is from Nigeria. Italian officials reacted with outrage, prompting an official explanatory statement from the French embassy. Gerald Darmanin, the French minister charged with overseeing customs, signed the statement which explained how French officials came to be present when the Paris-bound train arrived from Milan. “These uniformed agents identified as French customs officials suspected one passenger, a Nigerian national resident in Italy, of having drugs on his person. “In line with article 60 bis of the customs code the agents asked the person if he would consent to providing a urine sample to detect drugs which he agreed to do in writing,” the statement read. “In order to carry out the test in conditions respecting the person, the agents waited until the train arrived to use the facility at Bardonecchia station which was placed at the disposal of French customs,” the statement went on, saying the procedure respected guidelines laid down in 1990. The French officials duly carried out the test which came back negative. But the Italian foreign ministry said France had failed to keep them fully abreast of developments, and criticised the incident as “unacceptable”. Matteo Salvini, the head of Italy’s far-right League, commented that Rome, “instead of expelling Russian diplomats should remove French diplomats”, referring to the furore over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, widely blamed on Moscow.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/italy-france-cross-border-urine-test-drugs

Newsline: Italian embassy resumes visa issuance in Tripoli and Tobruk

The Italian embassy in Tripoli has announced that it will resume the issuing of visas from both Tripoli and Tobruk. In its announcement, the embassy said that it will be offering improved service and lower prices but did not give any further details. The Italian embassy is the only European state issuing visas from within Libya. Libyan visa applicants must apply for an appointment online through the Italian embassy’s visa processing agent’s website: http://www.fsglobal.com

https://www.libyaherald.com/2018/03/11/italian-embassy-resumes-visa-issuance-in-tripoli-and-tobruk-today/

Newsline: Italian embassy issued ‘9000 visas’ in Libya since March

Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone noted that the Italian embassy ”is the only one open in Tripoli, amid difficult security conditions” and that Italy ”is the only country that issues visas in Libya. ”We do it both in Tobruk, in Cyrenaica, and in Tripoli,”’ he said, saying that this was an important part of the embassy’s activities in the country. ”I have not seen the most recent figures,” he added, ”but we began to issue visas on March 1 and I believe we are at 8,000 or 9,000 visas if not more.” ”One of the crucial messages that we wanted to give with our presence in Libya,” the ambassador noted, ”is not only attention to inter-governmental relations. We also wanted to do something so that the population is not isolated and could travel. This is one of the signs of the success that the Italian presence has had.”

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2017/11/21/italian-embassy-issued-9000-visas-in-libya-since-march_d560a041-2cf3-4bc9-a397-17fcacffb9ee.html

Newsline: Indian Consulate warns students after assaul in Italy

Indian students have been assaulted in a string of incidents in northern Italy, the Indian Consulate in Milan has said. The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Milan on Monday issued an advisory to Indian students and asked them not to panic. “The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incidents of attacks on Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic. The Consulate is taking up this matter with the highest level of law and order authorities in Milan,” according to the advisory posted on Twitter. The advisory did not mention if the attacks on Indian students appeared to be racially motivated. The CGI advised Indian students to be in touch with each other, especially when they go out.

Indian students assaulted in Italy: Consulate

Newsline: Italy becomes fifth country to expel North Korean ambassador

Italy has become the latest country to expel a North Korean ambassador, saying that isolation was “inevitable” if Pyongyang continued to push ahead with its nuclear weapons program. The decision comes as the United States urges countries that have diplomatic relations with North Korea to sever or at least scale them back. Angelino Alfano, Italy’s foreign minister, said the North Korean ambassador in Rome, Mun Jong Nam, had been ordered to leave. “We want to make Pyongyang realize that their isolation is inevitable if they don’t change tack,” Alfano told Italian newspaper la Repubblica in an interview published Sunday. Mun had been in Rome barely a month, with his appointment announced by the North’s Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 28. Italy becomes the fifth country to expel a North Korean ambassador, following in the footsteps of Spain, Mexico, Peru and Kuwait.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/italy-becomes-fifth-country-to-expel-north-korean-ambassador/2017/10/01/98785c14-a6ad-11e7-8ed2-c7114e6ac460_story.html?utm_term=.5123c92b6742

Newsline: Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

Italy said it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy. Giulio Regeni was 28 when he vanished from the streets of Cairo in January 2016. His body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital on Feb. 3, showing signs of extensive torture. Italy recalled its ambassador in April 2016 as it sought to obtain evidence from Egypt to solve the murder. Magistrates in Rome and Cairo have met a half-dozen times over the past year, but no one has been charged. “The Italian government’s commitment remains to clarify the tragic disappearance of Giulio,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement. “Sending an authoritative liaison (ambassador) will help, through contacts with the Egyptian authorities, reinforce judicial cooperation and as a consequence the search for the truth,” Alfano said. Regeni, who had been looking into Egypt’s independent unions for his doctorate thesis at Cambridge, attracted the suspicion of the Cairo government before his disappearance, sources told Reuters last year. Security and intelligence sources told Reuters that Regeni had been arrested in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, and taken into custody. Egyptian officials have denied any involvement to Regeni’s death.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-egypt-regeni-murder-idUSKCN1AU1YL