Babiš ready to discuss illegal migration with Italian PM Conte

19-07-2018

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is ready to discuss ways to tackle illegal migration to Europe with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte and will try to persuade him to accept the Czech stance, he told reporters in the Senate on Wednesday.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent an open letter to his Czech counterpart, who refused to take any of the 450 migrants rescued by Italy at the weekend, inviting him to visit Rome and discuss the migration crisis with him in person. Babis called the Italian approach to immigration “a road to hell”, while Conte said it was “a road of legality and shared responsibility”.

Mr Babiš said he did not expect to change his view after a meeting with Conte. "He will not persuade me, but I will do my best to persuade him," he told reporters.