Samaras to discuss immmigration with counterparts in Malta, Italy

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be accompanied by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on visits to Malta and Italy on Monday to discuss immigration issues.

Samaras is due to meet Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat first, before talks with Italian Premier Enrico Letta in Rome at 5.30 p.m.

The meeting comes in the wake of hundreds of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean as they tried to reach Southern Europe. Muscat said he felt his country had been “abandoned” by the European Union. “As things stand, we are building a cemetery within our Mediterranean Sea,” Muscat said last week.

Samaras and Letta will also discuss coordination between Greece and Italy over the six-month rotating EU presidencies the two countries will hold next year.

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