Conte says Merkel called, EU draft doc to be shelved (2)

Premier says Italy will make proposed at Sunday's meeting

(ANSA) - Rome, June 21 - Premier Giuseppe Conte said that he had spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday and won assurances that a draft document for Sunday's meeting of eight EU states on migrants would be binned after it irked Rome.
    Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini had suggested Conte might snub Sunday's meeting after the draft put great stress on the stopping secondary movements of migrants within the EU and speeding procedures to send them back to the State where they first arrived - which is frequently Italy.
    Conte told European Council President Donald Tusk in Rome on Wednesday that it was unthinkable for Italy to also have to take migrants that have made secondary movements, given that it already is widely recognised as being the country most exposed to primary migrant flows.
    The premier said on Facebook Thursday that Merkel had called because she was worried that he might not attend the meeting.
    "The Chancellor clarified that there was a misunderstanding," Conte said. "The draft released yesterday will be shelved".


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