The Prime Ministers of Italy and the U.K., Giorgia Meloni and Rishi Sunak, came together to urge other European nations to take action against undocumented migration. They called for a “moral and humanitarian” solution to what they see as a crisis and urged other countries to follow their lead with a sense of urgency.
In an article published in the Times on Friday, the leaders of the far-right Brothers of Italy and Britain’s Conservative Party wrote together to express their efforts in preventing the influx of thousands of migrants through Italy and into the U.K.
“We are delighted that Italy and the U.K. are taking the lead on this matter, as our views and objectives align in this and many other aspects,” they state. “In fact, we are among the closest allies in Europe at present.”
Sunak and Meloni assert that the issue of migration is not only a moral and humanitarian crisis, but also a crisis for Europe. They note that in just this year, over 2,000 people have lost their lives due to migration. The two prime ministers urge for immediate action and emphasize the need for substantial and lasting resolutions to the major global issues at hand.
The article was published after the European Political Community summit in Granada, Spain on Thursday. The talks, or lack thereof, about migration caused some tensions with Spain.
Despite attempts to persuade Spain to prioritize migration, Sunak organized a conference with Italy, the Netherlands, France, Albania, and the European Commission during the summit. During this summit, the countries reached a consensus on an “eight-point plan” to address migration.