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"Conte understands us," says Czech PM Babiš after discussions with Giuseppe Conte in Italy.
Once again, Babiš said to Conte that the Czech Republic will not accept a single migrant. "He understands because this simply is not a solution,“ the Czech PM said.
Conte invited Babiš to visit Italy in an open letter in July after the Czech PM refused an Italian request for help with 450 migrants rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean sea. Babiš then justified the rejection by saying that the EU must send a signal that illegal migration is inadmissible and accepting more migrants worsens the issue.
Babiš repeated this position to Conte in Tuesday´s meeting. Illegal migration and smugglers must be stopped in front of the borders of Europe, which is why it is necessary to provide financial support to the southern European coastal states, the North African countries and those states where the refugees usually come from.
In Rome, Babiš also visited the European Union Naval Force headquarters, known in the Mediterranean as the EUNAVFOR MED Sophia, where Czech soldiers are involved. The aim of the military operation is to fight smugglers trying to get migrants from North Africa to Europe.
From Italy, Babiš departed for a visit to Malta, where he met with PM Joseph Muscat. The focus of discussion was migration, as it was in Rome. After talks with Muscat, Babiš reiterated his opposition to migrant sharing in the European Union.