"All EU governments and institutions must step up and support countries on the frontline dealing with sea arrivals such as Italy, to guarantee shared solutions and stop unacceptable silence and inaction from EU states".
While thanking Spain for their offer of help, the Maltese Prime minister said Italy had broken worldwide rules and that there was a need to sit down with European partners to avoid an incident like this from happening again. Spanish officials said they expected the ships to arrive in the port in two or three days. "It's primarily saying that Italy can not be left alone in dealing with so many migrants", he said in an interview.
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He noted that other European countries are very much involved in migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean - including a German aid group now off the coast Libya - but no country is stepping up to actually take in the migrants once they are plucked from boats or the sea. The remaining 400 were transferred to Aquarius from Italian military boats after being rescued by mselves or by merchant ships that ran into m.
The rescue ship Aquarius has been stuck since Saturday in worldwide waters off the coast of Italy and Malta, both of which have denied it entry. Spain's prime minister offered to let it port in Valencia.
But Malta and Italy - whose new populist government has vowed a tough new stance on immigration - have both refused to take the migrants in, triggering concern in the global community about their plight.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is operating the Aquarius alongside SOS Mediterranne, urged Rome to drop plans for the lengthy trip to Spain for its migrant passengers. As such Malta will not take the said vessel in its ports.
Problems for the vessel began when Italy's Matteo Salvini, recently appointed as interior minister as part of a new right-wing government, closed the country's ports to the boat, after promising voters he would crack down on immigration.
He added: "It will be necessary to sit down and discuss how to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future".
Spain's new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed to allow the ship to dock in its eastern port of Valencia.
The government statement said Spain wanted to comply with its worldwide responsibilities on humanitarian crises.
Malta's ports will not take in the Acquarius vessel with hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers on board, which has been stranded in the Mediterranean after the Italian authorities had refused to accept it. Although there were no immediate emergencies on board, the spokesman said, there were many who needed medical care for chemical burns, hypothermia and dehydration.
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Since Italy's navy had coordinated the initial rescue effort, and even transferred some of the migrants its own navy had saved to the rescue ship staffed by volunteer aid workers, it was obliged by worldwide law to ensure their safety.
"All the survivors are exhausted and dehydrated because they spent many hours adrift in these boats", he said.
The aid group SOS Mediterranee's ship plucked 229 migrants from the sea or from flimsy dinghies in the Mediterranean on Saturday. "Italy has stopped bowing our heads and obeying", Salvini said in a Facebook post. Malta has refused to let the boat dock as well, despite calls from the European Union and the United Nations refugee agency to do so.
In a statement it said the Aquarius took on the migrants in global waters off Libya and rescue operations were coordinated by Italy.
Macron has faced criticism from some leftist opposition parties and members of his own Republic on the Move party for not offering to take in the 600 people on board the Aquarius.
"People are in distress, are running out of provisions and need help quickly. Given the boat's location, it is between Italy and Malta".
He wrote: "Who pays for this sea taxis?"
The migrants were rescued in six separate night-time operations in the central Mediterranean on Saturday.
"The statements concerning (the humanitarian ship) Aquarius that come from France are surprising". "The Mediterranean is the sea of all the countries that face it, and it (Malta) can't imagine that Italy will continue to face this giant phenomenon in solitude".
Malta said it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic stand-off between the two European Union allies.
Humanitarian groups said the decision is putting politics before people's safety, forcing them to endure further hardship after an already harrowing journey from north Africa.