The Maltese Government will allow the Aquarius dock in Malta following discussions with France.
#Malta will give #Aquarius permission to enter its ports, despite having no legal obligation to do so. All reported 141 persons on board will be distributed amongst #France, #Germany, #Luxembourg, #Portugal and #Spain. More to follow.
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) August 14, 2018
In a press release, the Maltese authorities are stating that they will give the Aquarius permission to enter its ports, despite having no legal obligation to do so.
Malta will serve as base for the 141 migrants on board the vessel. They will then be transferred to France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spain would take 60 migrants from Aquarius.
España ha coordinado un acuerdo pionero con 6 países para distribuir la acogida de las personas del #Aquarius. Ha sido posible gracias al camino que emprendimos en junio, impulsando una salida común y solidaria a los flujos migratorios. España acogerá a 60 personas.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) August 14, 2018
According to reports which appeared in the French press, France would take 60 migrants from Aquarius while Portugal would take 30 migrants from Aquarius and the other boat rescued on Monday.
Maltese authorities have already rescued another 114 migrants on Monday, 60 of whom will be transferred to other EU states.
Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee are the two NGOs running the Aquarius.
The Labour Party in a reaction said that it welcomed the Maltese Government’s efforts to find a solution. The PL stressed that there was no room for extremists elements to take over while urging for national unity on the subject of migration.