Meloni hits back at France in migrants row

NATO's Stoltenberg and Italian PM Meloni hold news conference in Rome
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni speaks next to NATO's secretary general following their meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

ROME, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni hit back at France on Friday in a row over who should be responsible for taking in migrants rescued at sea.

"I was struck by the aggressive reaction from the French government which from my point of view is incomprehensible and unjustified," Meloni told a news conference, adding that Italy could not be the only destination for migrants from Africa.

The Ocean Viking NGO ship carrying over rescued 200 migrants docked at the southern French port of Toulon on Friday after being rejected by Italy, BFM TV reported.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, Angelo Amante and Alvise Armellini Writing by Keith Weir, editing Federico Maccioni

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