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No One Wants To Be A Migrant — – Mattarella

gent_mattarella_3President Materella of Italy has pledged to increase the collaboration that exists between

his country and African countries in order to promote sustainable and equitable

development on the African continent. He endorsed the idea of closer dialogue with Africa

in order to build closer and more comprehensive ties with the Continent. Stressing that such

collaboration was mutually rewarding, the President underlined that the common

challenges of peace and security, of the need to fight terrorism, of the battle against

corruption and of the war against hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition are imperatives

that drive the need for closer engagement between Africa and Europe.

The President made these remarks whilst opening the first ever Africa-Italy Ministerial

Conference held in May. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy in collaboration

with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), the Conference was also

addressed by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Another key address to the Conference

was that given by the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The

Conference drew Ministerial participation from all regions of Africa, as well as top-level

Italian Government officials, academics and the private sector.

Elaborating on the long-term nature of the relationship between Italy and Africa, Materella

said that Italy, due to geographical and historical reasons, was a bridge between Europe and

Africa. This was marked by centuries of cooperation between his country and many African

countries in the areas of health care, education, skills training, technical skills transfer and

the sharing of technologies backed by Italian soft technology or technological knowledge.

The President referred to the thorny issue of migration as a global challenge that calls for

joint action on the conditions of despair that drive people out of their own secure

communities. He stressed that no one wants to seek asylum. Migration, he said, was the

outcome of global catastrophies, the root causes of which needed to be urgently addressed.