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Italy’s PM Meloni calls for global war on human trafficking at UN & talks migration

September 21, 2023 9:39 AM IST

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At the United Nations General Assembly, Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni urged to wage a global war against human traffickers and reject any hypocritical approach to immigration. It was Meloni’s first time, addressing the 78th session of the 193-member international body in New York. On the other hand, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at the UN that he will instruct his government to pull together the pillars of an economic package early next week under his new cabinet.

The Italian PM also said Russia’s war in Ukraine has caused a domino effect impacting the nations of the global south. Meloni is seeking international help over Italy’s migration crisis and has said in the past she won’t allow her country to become “Europe’s refugee camp.”

Earlier, the Italian government, struggling with a surge in arriving migrants, passed measures to lengthen the time they can be detained and ensure more people who have no legal right to stay are repatriated, government officials said.

The move came after almost 10,000 migrants reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa last week, dealing a blow to the credibility of the right-wing Meloni, who won office last year vowing to curb illegal immigration.

Following his attendance at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the economic stimulus package would include measures that counter issues such as inflation and depopulation.

“The economic situation of Japan is still unstable…domestic demand including consumption and investment is still unstable” although Japan’s economy has been showing signs of moving towards inflation, Kishida said.

He added that he hoped to disclose a bold economic package to accelerate those signs of change in Japan’s economy so that it could enter a new phase.

The comments follow similar remarks by newly inaugurated Economy Minister Yoshitaka Shindo last week saying positive signs were emerging in output gaps and other areas for the economy to escape deflation.

Kishida also said at the press conference that there were no plans as of yet to hold a summit with China by the end of this year, and reiterated Japan would continue to seek responsible actions from its neighbour. 

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