Migrants remain at sea as Italy-Malta standoff intensifies

The Maltese government refused the request, stating global law required the passengers be unloaded in Italy.

Italy's position, Muscat said, risks "creating a risky situation for all those involved".

Muscat said he told Conte "that Malta is acting in full conformity with its global obligations". "Malta takes in nobody", he said.

The Maltese government, however, was not moved.

Drama over Salvini's closed ports policy intensified Monday morning as a second migrant ship bound for Italy and presently in Libyan waters, having collected its human cargo, was also blocked by the government. "RCC Malta in this case is neither the competent, nor the coordinating authority".

A ship carrying more than 600 rescued migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy's new government refused to let it dock. We have always welcomed rescue boats and vessels who saved lives at sea.

More than 600,000 people have reached Italy by boat from Africa in the past five years. "The people we saved were in a hard condition, at least 50 were at risk of drowning", he added.

"Italy has stopped bowing our heads and obeying", Salvini said in a Facebook post.

Talking to the paper, the legal expert said: "The decision to close the ports is more than legitimate".

Like Malta, Italy didn't appear to be budging.

Tweeting on Sunday, Salvini said: "Starting today, Italy, too, begins to say NO to the trafficking of human beings, NO to the business of clandestine immigration".

Salvini and Italian Transportation Minister Danilo Toninelli, who is part of the 5-Star Movement faction in the new government, said in a joint statement Sunday that it was Malta's responsibility to "open its ports for the hundreds of the rescued on the NGO ship Aquarius".

Malta has ignored calls from Italy's hardline interior minister to not "look the other way". "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".

Speaking to news channel Sky TG24, Aquarius crew member Alessandro Porro said that they were north of Malta and had "received no communications from the Maltese authorities".

Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat also refused to take in the Aquarius ship of the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee. The Rome-based rescue coordination centre gave the instructions.

Mr Salvini's stance could herald the eventual closing of all Italian ports to NGO vessels with migrants on board, the Italian press speculated.

"Our objective is the disembarkation in a port of safety of the 629 people now on board the Aquarius - some we rescued yesterday night in hard conditions", she was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The SOS Mediterranee said the migrants were picked up in six separate overnight operations in the central Mediterranean on Saturday.

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