Italy and France have agreed to carry out joint patrols of Tunisia’s coast to stem the growing influx of migrants into Europe fleeing turmoil in North Africa.
The agreement comes after much bickering between the pair on how best to deal with the migrants landing on the Italian Island of Lampedusa.
Rome has said it will grant temporary visas, which will allow them to travel into France and the rest of Europe, a move which angered Paris.
Italian Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni said: “The temporary permits will allow free movement in line with the Shengen agreement, which our initiative respects.”
France has been pushing back migrants at its borders with Italy, which led Maroni to describe the French attitude as “hostile.”
Following a meeting between Maroni and his French counterpart Claude Gueant, the French made it clear that only migrants with sufficient economic means and valid papers would be allowed to remain on French soil.