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Italy economy minister postpones Paris meeting over migrant spat

AFP  |  Rome 

Italy's new postponed a meeting with his French counterpart in today as a diplomatic row spiralled over Rome's refusal to take in an overcrowded migrant ship.

Tria had been due to meet his French counterpart in today afternoon before announcing the talks were cancelled.

Soon after, however, the French economy ministry said that both ministers had spoken over the phone and had "agreed that Mr Tria will come to in the coming days".

The initial cancellation came via a tweet from the Italian economy ministry's account which also confirmed that Tria's meeting with German scheduled for Thursday would go ahead in

Le Maire had initially responded with "regret" at Tria's decision, adding that he had "many important subjects to discuss with Mr Tria" ahead of a EU summit at the end of June.

Tria's decision came after demanded an official apology from over its comments on Italy's treatment of the Aquarius vessel that was left in limbo in the after saving 629 people off

French had blasted for its "cynicism and irresponsibility" in refusing to allow the migrant ship to dock at its ports.

said -- who is due to meet Macron in Paris on Friday -- "would be right not to go to France" should such an apology not arrive.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:35 IST