CERNOBBIO (COMO). On terrorism and refugees, Italy “is at work with neighboring countries”. This was reiterated by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, opening the last day of the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio this morning, in connection with Doha, where he is planning a meeting with the Emir of Qatar. A day traditionally dedicated to the Italian agenda, that of Cernobbio. “The Italy we want” will be the leitmotif of the debate that will follow Di Maio’s opening, with the confrontation between Giuseppe Conte (in videoconference), Enrico Letta, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini. The Minister of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini will then offer an overview on relations with the Regions and the Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, will discuss with the security entrepreneurs. The morning ends with a focus on education, university and research with ministers Patrizio Bianchi and Maria Cristina Messa.
In the second part of the day, the focus is on businesses and the economy: Minister Renato Brunetta will talk about the challenges of public administration, Minister Andrea Orlando on employment developments and Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti will indicate what he is aiming for in the race for competitiveness. and growth. Finally, the Minister of Economy, Daniele Franco, will have the task of concluding the works.
On the issue of terrorism, “the first concern – says Di Maio opening the meeting – is that Afghanistan can go back to being the comfort zone of terrorist cells”. And he says no to a humanitarian corridor on a unilateral basis: you cannot give a list of names to the Taliban. “We must all be proud of the women and men of defense and intelligence who have worked to save over 5,000 Afghans by making Italy the first EU country by number of Afghans”. At the moment – added the Foreign Minister – there are over 30 Italians in Afghanistan ». In the coming days, “after we have opened the embassy we had in Kabul in Qatar, after the financing of humanitarian projects, and after we have started collaboration with Pakistan for the management of refugees in refugee camps, we will be able to start the so-called phase 2 which revolves around an Italian plan for the Afghan people, our plan has already taken its first steps with an inter-ministerial meeting last week involving ministries, municipalities, regions and civil society (NGOs and associations) “.
Salvini: “League loyal to the government”
Arriving in Cernobbio, the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, on the issue of common European defense said he was “absolutely in agreement” with the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and with Silvio Berlusconi, who – he added – “would have all the qualities »To become the new Head of State, starting from his international relations. “The shameful flight from Afghanistan requires an awareness that a common defense and foreign policy would be more useful and necessary than ever”.
With respect to Italian politics, however, «the confrontation with Draghi is weekly and several times a week – he says -. We calibrate ourselves and we have always found the synthesis ». The League “is loyal to the government, but there are some points that are not in question, they cannot be negotiated. We do not and will never agree on the vaccination obligation tout court on the entire Italian population. If someone proposes the Fornero law to us again, we will not be able to agree. If someone wanted the inheritance tax or the patrimonial we would not agree “, concluded Salvini.