In the meantime, migration issues rule the Italian domestic policy with Rome getting unsettled by the lack of tangible help from other member states.
European nations are keen to offer development aid and funding to their African partners in return for help in stemming the flow of economic migrants and asylum seekers.
The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have started meeting in Paris with African counterparts to find ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean to European shores. The officials spoke anonymously because they were not allowed to speak ahead of the meeting.
But the decline in numbers reaching Europe may lead to tens of thousands becoming stranded in camps in north Africa, with little oversight by the weak Libyan government.
European Union funding is being looked at as a potential tool for ending the dependence of some local economies in Africa on migrant trafficking.
Migrants who were rescued the previous day wait for their transfer to another ship that will take them to Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast, on Monday.
The migrants are often put on unseaworthy vessels and are brought to Italy when they are rescued at sea.
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"Our approach is in line with global law and is based on the plan of action adopted at the Valletta Summit by the EU and the African Union, which calls for shared responsibility between countries of origin, transit and destination", the statement said.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the meeting, said afterwards that the issue was a "problem that concerns us all and that can not be solved without us all".
Police said Monday the two were hit in the Evros border region Sunday night by a train traveling between the city of Alexandroupolis and Dikaia.
"I welcome the efforts of France, Italy and Germany and their readiness to provide support for securing the southern borders in the country, which is the main source for the influx of illegal immigrants".
The meeting was called by French President Emmanuel Macron, who proposed last month to set up "hot spots" in Libya, Niger and Chad, where migrants would be screened for their asylum claims before reaching Europe.
"At the core of it, it's all about fighting illegal migration", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference.
The leaders will also discuss security cooperation, and the European leaders will then hold separate talks focused on EU matters.
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