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Spain requires distribution agreement before receiving migrants from Open Arms


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Spain has announced that it is ready to receive a number of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by the humanitarian rescue ship of the Spanish “Open Arms” organization, provided that a distribution agreement is reached between several European countries.

The Spanish government said in a statement – Radio France Internationale reported on Thursday that the country is ready to participate in a balanced distribution of migrants aboard the ship currently stationed in Italian territorial waters.

It is necessary to work with the European Commission and other member states to find a common, European, orderly and unified solution, the statement added.

An administrative court in Rome on Wednesday allowed the Spanish rescue ship carrying some 147 migrants into Italian territorial waters.

The court ruled to provide immediate assistance “to those most in need”, but did not provide for the right of the ship to land or land migrants.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini signed a decree in early August banning the ship from entering Italian waters under the pretext of protecting public order in the country.

Read also: Spain refuses asylum applications for 31 minor migrants stranded at sea

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