Italy: PM Conte thanks Madrid for taking in Aquarius' migrants

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte thanked the Spanish government in Accumoli on Monday for its assistance in resolving the issue of humanitarian ship Aquarius after it was stranded at sea following Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's orders to Italian ports to abstain from taking in the migrants on board. «We had asked for a solidarity gesture from the European side, we had asked Europe to... Еще take responsibility of the emergency of the migration,» said Conte who interpreted Spain’s move as solidarity with Italy. The humanitarian ship Aquarius is the only one operating in the Mediterranean at present after a crackdown on NGOs. Aquarius rescued 629 people in two different operations, with the coordination of the Italian coastguard. They were set to dock in Sicily, but Salvini responded by closing Italian ports and saying that Malta should take the boat. Several Italian mayors publicly expressed their will to allow the boat to dock in their cities.

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