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Euronews’ correspondent on board the Aquarius, Anelise Borges, says the organisers of the rescue mission, from the NGOs SOS Méditerranée and Medecins Sans Frontieres had decided travelling to Valencia would be too risky. The trip would take four to five days, and with so many people aboard the boat and bad weather making seafaring conditions difficult, going to Valencia would be “a crazy idea.”
The Spanish government announced that it was going to allow the Gibraltar flagged migrant rescue ship Aquarius, currently waiting in international waters between Malta and Sicily (Italy), to dock in Valencia, the Prime Minister’s Office, Moncloa, confirmed in a statement at 2:30 p.m.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat thanked Spain’s Prime Minister for allowing the Aquarius to dock in Valencia. He also said that Malta will be sending fresh supplies to the vessel, which had over 600 people on board. In a tweet, he said that one has to sit down and discuss how to prevent this from happening again, arguing that this is a European issue.
The Italian Prime Minister said that “Spain decided to welcome the Aquarius ship, which had been temporarily assisted by two Italian patrol boats. Italy’s requests begin to be heard. We had asked for a more supportive Europe and that our country was not left alone in the management of migratory flows. The initiative of Spain goes precisely in this direction.”
Earlier the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, appealed to concerned governments to allow the immediate disembarkation of hundreds of people stranded in the Mediterranean since Saturday aboard a rescue ship, the Aquarius.
The Mayors of Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria, all said they were ready to disobey Salvini’s order and allow Aquarius to dock and disembark in their seaports.
The Spanish MRCC entered in contact with Aquarius to offer Valencia as a safe port of disembarkation. MSF welcomed “this gesture of humanity but it would require four more days at sea in a boat already over maximum capacity and in deteriorating weather condition.”
The Maltese President said that Italy and Malta are two neighbouring states of Europe and have to work together on migratory flows rather than making controversies among themselves. We are united countries and we continue to be united. This should be a commitment, not only of politics, but also of all citizens of Malta and Italy.”
The Italian President in a strong appeal said, “Let the face of this Republic be a human face. Remember that democracy is not just a relationship between majority and minority, but it is above all a problem of relationships between man and man. Where these relationships are human, democracy exists; where they are inhuman, it is only the mask of a new tyranny.”
Earlier Hungary’s Orbán, offers help to Italy, to expel migrants.
USA – North Korea Summit
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un kicked off the much anticipated summit between them with a historic handshake as they meet for the first time. It’s the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader, for which Trump and Kim converged at a luxury resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
President Donald Trump said the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went “better than anybody could imagine.” He said this after both leaders emerged from a working lunch and strolled together down a paved walkway Tuesday before stopping and posing before the waiting news media.
Trump said the meeting is “going great. We had a really fantastic meeting.” He added that there has been “a lot of progress. Really very positive. I think better than anybody could imagine.”
The working lunch was the final official event scheduled for the leaders before they go their separate ways.
In the meantime, before the summit, Kim visited Singapore, Trump met its Prime Minister, Pompeo promised unique security guarantees.
We also learnt that amongst the things that Kim Jong Un took with him inn Singapore ahead of the historic summit with US President Donald Trump there is his toilet.
Earlier, the “Fox and Friends” tv show presenter apologised to viewers after referring to the leaders as “two dictators” ahead of their summit.
Italy’s LEGA has helped the center-right post a strong showing in local and administrative elections, while its partner at national level, the 5-Star Movement, suffered setbacks.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was more open to French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform migration and defence policy in Europe than his hopes to bolster the euro.
The head of investigation bureau at the Libyan Attorney General Office in Tripoli Al-Sediq Al-Sour said a decree was passed by the Minister of Justice to pardon (or release) several figures from the Moammar Gaddafi regime from prison out of “compassion for their deteriorated health.”
Foreign gambling sites are to be banned in Switzerland, after Swiss citizens overwhelmingly backed a new gambling law, replacing the 1923 Lotteries and Betting Act and the 1998 Gambling Act, in yesterday’s (Sunday June 10) referendum.
A candidate for a seat at the Qualiano local council was surprised by the Italian police (Carabinieri) while delivering tickets for free drinks at a nearby bar worth 10 euros, in exchange of votes.
A young football fan had his dream come true, when Cristiano Ronaldo answered his call, before boarding the team bus.