Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy accepts 102 stranded migrants refused by Malta

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Rome, August 7 - Italy has agreed to take in 102
migrants rescued by the Salamis tanker and refused entry by
Malta, the Maltese authorities on Wednesday.
The tanker is to dock in the Sicilian port city of Siracusa.
Rome gave the green light to accept migrants, most from
North Africa, following intense overnight diplomatic
negotiations.
The Libyan-registered Salamis picked them up close to the
Libyan coast on Sunday and headed to Malta.
But Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat refused to allow
the migrants to land on the Mediterranean island, despite calls
from the European Union for him to do so.
Muscat thanked Italian Premier Enrico Letta for the
"concrete commitment" it had shown over the case at a news
conference.
He said Letta had understood that the arrival of hundreds
of migrants in recent weeks had overloaded Malta's
migrant-reception facilities.

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