Migrants, agreement with Albania: Forza Italia ‘bite the bullet’

Azzurri embarrassed: “If Tajani not being informed is outrage… a dirty thing, they played a bad joke on him…”

“They did something dirty to Antonio…”. A Forza Italia leader, with his notebooks closed, summarizes to Adnkronos what many in the blue party think but no one says clearly. The agreement signed by the Italian government led by Giorgia Meloni with Edi Rama’s Albania on the management of migratory flows would have shocked the coalition partners. Starting from Forza Italia, where there are those who complain about the lack of involvement of their national secretary, as well as Foreign Minister, in the definition of the agreement with Tirana.

The discontent among the Azzurri is palpable, in Transatlantico, in Montecitorio, various parliamentarians half-heartedly turn up their noses at the treatment reserved for the Italian number one. “Our secretary didn’t know anything, they played a really bad joke on him”, vents a leading Forzista exponent. But the vice president of the Chamber Giorgio Mulè refuses to think that Tajani remained in the dark about everything. “I cannot believe the malicious hypothesis, which is being circulated, of Tajani’s lack of involvement” because “it would be equivalent to an outrage of an institutional nature for the position he holds”, Mulè tells Adnkronos.

“There is a Foreign Minister, called Tajani, who is also the secretary of my party. And an agreement of this kind – underlines the blue parliamentarian – would not have been made if there had not been the agreement and involvement of the owner of the Farnesina. It is a factor of institutional spelling…”. “It doesn’t appear to me that Tajani remained out of the match, he was informed of this”, assures the group leader of Forza Italia in the Chamber, Paolo Barelli, according to whom the agreement signed with Edi Rama “is the start of a collaboration ” to solve a problem “that cannot be just Italian”. As Forza Italia “we share the initiative” of the government with Albania on immigration, claims the national head of the party’s departments, Alessandro Cattaneo.

“The agreement with Tirana on our part is positive and goes in the right direction. Italy – explains Cattaneo – has every right to organize itself and carry out every possibility to govern and manage the phenomenon of irregular immigration. In this regard, we are committed to underline that this agreement fully falls within the EU framework.”

From Tokyo where he participates in the G7 foreign ministers’ summit, Tajani he does not go out of his way and simply reiterates that “the agreement with Albania on migrants respects all community rules, aims to have maximum safety and ensures that those who do not have the right to enter Italy, having not respected the rules , is accompanied to the country of origin. It is a written agreement in full compliance with community rules”.

In Matteo Salvini’s League, where in the last few hours there had been some discomfort regarding the method that led to the agreement with the country of the eagles, an attempt is being made to correct the situation. If the day after the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Tirana the deputy secretary of the Northern League Andrea Crippa had declared that “it is not enough” and that “structural solutions” are needed, today Crippa himself in Transatlantico in the Chamber points out that the agreement signed by the president of the Council “is not fake” but “a good move. It seems like a good agreement and I repeat it. I have never questioned the seriousness of Prime Minister Meloni”, he further specifies.

In the Fdi house, the rumors about the discontent of the allies are thus dismissed by the group leader in the Chamber Tommaso Foti: ”I limit myself to looking at the parliamentary documents and votes. It will only worry me when I see the ‘balls’ that don’t work…”. Along the same lines is the Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida who shrugs his shoulders when asked about the intolerance of Fi and Lega: “I haven’t dealt with it” Going into the merits of the agreement, he then observes: “It is the symbol of a government that seeks, with a view to EU integration and with countries that have demonstrated significant growth and development, collaboration to address and solve problems together of all”.