Today Meloni in Tunisia, a lightning mission on reforms and migrants

First a meeting with the Tunisian President, Kais Saied, then a face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister, Najla Bouden. On the table the control of migratory flows in the Mediterranean and the serious economic and social emergency in Tunisia

In the morning, a quick visit of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to Tunis. A meeting with President Saied and then with Najla Bouden Ramadan (also the first female prime minister in her country) is scheduled: at the center of the meetings, relations between Italy and Tunisia, but above all international aid and the issue of migratory flows.

The risks associated with Tunisia

Meloni’s visit was preceded by diplomatic work that has been involving the premier herself and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani for months. “Today Tunisia is in trouble – explained the Prime Minister -. It is experiencing a very delicate situation because it risks a financial default and clearly if the Tunisian government goes down we will experience an absolutely worrying scenario. And it is on this scenario that we are working”.

Italy’s position at the European level

Since March, the Italian government has denounced Tunisia’s alarm with the fear of a humanitarian catastrophe, with 900,000 potential refugees. “The next EU Council”, at the end of June, “must act immediately”, Meloni hoped at the G7: in Japan he spoke about it with the French president Emmanuel Macron, with Kristalina Georgieva, director general of the IMF, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. A few days later, at the summit of the European Political Community, he also had a trilateral agreement with von der Leyen herself and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who has a line similar to Meloni’s on the migrant dossier, and did not rule out the possibility of a trip together to Africa.