Forty migrants rescued by a German NGO vessel will be allowed in to Malta and then redistributed among EU member states, a government spokesman told Times of Malta late on Saturday.
The Alan Kurdi was given permission to disembark its rescued passengers after the German government and European Commission stepped in to coordinate a redistribution deal.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister of Malta said that all persons will be distributed among a number of EU member states.
Following request by #Germany, #Malta will allow 40migrants on German vessel #AlanKurdi to transfer to @Armed_Forces_MT asset, enter port. German gov & @EU_Commission arranged for all persons to be distributed amongst number of EU MemberStates. No migrants will remain in Malta-JM
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) August 3, 2019
Outgoing European Commissioner Dimitri Avramapolous commended Malta for its role in this operation and thanked Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg for their support in their operation.
I commend 🇲🇹 for allowing the disembarkation of #AlanKurdi and welcome the solidarity shown by 🇩🇪, 🇫🇷 , 🇵🇹 and 🇱🇺 .
Thanks to all these Member States and the intense coordination efforts by my team in the Commission. https://t.co/IW2QuEInLH
— Dimitris Avramopoulos (@Avramopoulos) August 3, 2019
via Twitter/ Times of Malta