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PR191494

05/07/2019

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA

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Following contacts between the Maltese and Italian governments, it was agreed that Malta will transfer 55 migrants, who have been rescued at sea off Tunisia and who are on board the ship Alex, on board an Armed Forces of Malta vessel and receive them into Malta.

On the other hand, Italy will take 55 migrants currently in Malta.

This agreement is without prejudice to the situation in which this operation has taken place, and in which Malta has no legal responsibility, but is part of an initiative fostering a European spirit of cooperation and goodwill between Malta and Italy.