Spain Offers to Take Migrant Ship Amid Italy-Malta Standoff

Italy and Malta immediately thanked Spain's new Socialist prime minister for the offer to receive the SOS Mediterranee rescue ship Aquarius at the port of Valencia.

Image via AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file

ROME (AP) — Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff had left the migrants stranded at sea and revealed the brass-knuckled negotiating tactics of Italy's new anti-immigrant government. Italy and Malta immediately thanked Spain's new Socialist prime minister for the offer to receive the SOS Mediterranee rescue ship Aquarius at the port of Valencia. But it wasn't… Read at AP News

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