French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed on Thursday the current European migrant crisis with Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell and both sides urged “a broad discussion” of this difficult issue at the European Union summit on June 28-29, a French foreign ministry source said.
Spain this week agreed to take in a humanitarian vessel carrying more than 600 mainly African migrants after the vessel was refused access to a dock by both Italy and Malta.
France had criticized the Italian refusal, provoking a diplomatic spat between Paris and Rome and the cancellation of high-level meetings between Finance Ministers, although a summit meeting between the two countries leaders is to go ahead on Friday.
Le Drian told his Spanish counterpart, during a phone call, that France was “ready to give support to Spain by accepting in France passengers on the Aquarius (humanitarian vessel) who answered the criteria for asylum” here.
Le Drian praised the Spanish decision to allow the troubled ship to dock in Valencia where it is to receive badly-needed assistance and Spain welcomed the French offer to take some of the more than 600 passengers on board.
Source: Kuwait News Agency