ROME - Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni has promised financial support to help African countries become major energy exporters — in exchange for curbing migration, at a summit in Rome on Monday.

"We believe it is possible to envision and write a new chapter in the history of our relationship, a cooperation among equals, far from any predatory imposition or charitable stance towards Africa," said Meloni, at she outlined her government's blueprint for Italy-Africa cooperation, called A Bridge for Common Growth.

'We need to pass from words to deeds,' Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chair of the African Union commission, told the summit.