Matteo Salvini has told a state Italian Radio station that he decides on whether migrant boats dock in Italian ports or not in response to rumours that the Italian military are unhappy with a directive issued by his Interior Ministry.
He told Radio1’s program ‘Radio anch’io’ that Italians paid him to defend them and that is exactly what he intends to do;
“I have all the authority to decide.
“The port is assigned by the interior minister, whether you like it or not, Italians pay me to defend them and I am doing it”.
Due to the risk of terrorists infiltrating migrant boats from North Africa he confirmed that no landings will be allowed:
“This is why I need to stress that no landings are allowed in Italy.”
“There are no arrivals without a permit.”
“This year we have cut down by 92% arrivals by sea and halved the number of dead and missing.”
“Clearly, a serious and rigorous policy gives results”.