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France, Germany Agree to Help Italy Cope With Migration Flows

  • Interior ministers, European Union favor new plan in Paris
  • Pledges include boosting support for Libyan coast guard
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on July 3, 2017, in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on July 3, 2017, in Berlin.

Photographer: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

The interior ministers of France and Germany agreed on new measures meant to help Italy as it struggles to cope with rising migrant arrivals, pledging to boost support for the Libyan coast guard and speed up their relocation under a European Union accord.

At a dinner on Sunday in Paris with interior ministers Gerard Collomb of France, Thomas De Maiziere of Germany, Marco Minniti of Italy, and EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, “strong solidarity with Italy” was expressed, according to a joint statement on the website of the Italian interior ministry.