FRANCE’S Finance Ministry hoped to shortly reschedule a meeting with Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria that was cancelled in the midst of a row over immigration, a French government source said.
“The visit was cancelled at Italy’s request, and we regret it,” the French source said, adding France had a lot of ground to cover with newly-appointed Tria. “We hope this meeting can take place very soon.
Tria was due to meet French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in Paris later on Wednesday.
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Earlier in the day, Italy’s foreign ministry summoned the French ambassador over remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron condemning Rome’s decision to close its ports to humanitarian rescue ships.
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