“In wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, allow me to express my deepest-felt gratitude for your decision to celebrate Ireland’s National Day in Rome. It is an important testimony of the sound and lasting friendship that binds our Countries,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, told his Irish counterpart, Charles Flanagan, on receiving him at the Farnesina today.
“We also greatly appreciate Ireland’s intention to relocate 360 asylum seekers from Italy. Ireland is in no way tied to the relocation measures decided by the EU Council, which, in our view, turns your gesture into a great sign of solidarity,” Mr Alfano added while discussing migration issues and European asylum policies with Mr Flanagan. The two ministers also discussed the future of the European Union: “The Rome Summit will have to be a historical turning point from which to relaunch the European project and strengthen Europe’s internal cohesion,” Mr Alfano said. Lastly, in view of the onset of the Brexit procedure, Mr Alfano assured his Irish colleague of “Italy’s full support to Dublin and Brussels in seeking a practical solution to enable Ireland to preserve peace and to maintain the excellent relations it has with London” and of “Italy’s full support to Dublin in view of the Brexit.”