Italy refuses to accept migrant rescue ship in standoff with Malta

Search as well as rescue ship, the MV Aquarius, operated by SOS Méditerranée as well as Médecins Sans Frontières.

Search as well as rescue ship, the MV Aquarius, operated by SOS Méditerranée as well as Médecins Sans Frontières.

Italy’s deputy prime minister claimed “victory” over a decision to refuse the docking of a migrant rescue ship carrying 629 people.

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday afternoon which his country could give “safe harbor” to the Aquarius after both Italy as well as Malta refused to let the ship disembark on its shores. Sanchez said the ship will instead dock in Valencia.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing Lega party as well as the brand-new deputy prime minister said in a tweet which victory had been achieved.

According to Reuters, Salvini added in a press conference which raising Italy’s voice on migration had paid off as well as although the standoff had been resolved by Spain’s “not bad heart,” the European Union could not rely on similar gestures going forward.

Salvini had revealed the brand-new government’s stance against immigration on Sunday by refusing to allow the search as well as rescue ship “Aquarius,” which is usually carrying 629 migrants, to dock in an Italian port, saying Malta was nearer the ship’s location as well as which which should accept the vessel.

Malta refused, promoting a diplomatic rift with Italy as well as leaving the migrant vessel in limbo.

In a statement released with Danilo Toninelli, the minister in charge of the Italian coastguard, Salvini said Malta “cannot continue to look the different way when which comes to respecting precise international conventions on the protection of human life.”

“which’s why we ask the government in Valletta to take within the Aquarius in order to offer first aid to the migrants on board,” the statement, widely reported by Italian media, said.

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