Meloni: I’m leaving G7 early to lead flood response efforts in Italy

Meloni: I’m leaving G7 early to lead flood response efforts in Italy
Meloni: I’m leaving G7 early to lead flood response efforts in Italy
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Posted on: Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 10:25 PM | Last update: Saturday 20 May 2023 – 10:25 PM

Italian Prime Minister Giorga Meloni said on Saturday she would leave the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima a day earlier than scheduled to lead efforts to respond to the floods that inundated northern Italy last week.

Heavy rains devastated the eastern part of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, causing 14 deaths and causing billions of euros in damages and severely affecting the agricultural sector. The floods forced about 36,000 people to leave their homes and left many of those who remained in flooded areas without electricity, according to Reuters news agency.

The Italian government will hold a ministerial meeting on Tuesday to agree on measures to help people deal with the emergency. Meloni said in a press statement, “I decided to return to Italy. I cannot stay away from Italy at such a difficult time. After being away for two days and more, my conscience compels me to return,” adding that she informed the G7 leaders of her decision to return.

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Earlier on Saturday, Meloni thanked the G7 leaders and all other leaders who expressed their solidarity with Italy and those affected by the floods.

“Your closeness is a tangible sign of our bond during difficult times. Thank you,” she said in a tweet.

Describing the G7 meeting as a success, Meloni said, the leaders of the group have so far discussed the war in Ukraine, economic security, supply chains and relations with southern countries.

Many of these topics will be on the agenda of the next G7 meeting, which will be chaired by Italy in June 2024.

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