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Brussels praises the decision of Spain to host the ‘Open Arms’ figures in Algeciras

August 18, 2019


The Commissioner for Migration, Interior and Citizenship of the EU, Dimitris Avramopoulos, expressed his satisfaction on Sunday for the decision of the Spanish Government to offer the port of Algeciras for the landing of the 107 shipwrecked aboard the rescue ship ' Open Arms' near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“I praise Spain for its solidarity, for allowing the landing of migrants from the 'Open Arms'. The European Commission is as always willing to coordinate the relocation of those who disembark,” Avramopoulos said through his Twitter account.

“I hope that the same spirit of solidarity for migrants applies to the 'Ocean Viking',” he said in relation to the ship of French NGOs Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée and that it has 356 migrants on board.

The acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has ordered to enable the port of Algeciras for the emergency situation that is experienced on board the 'Open Arms', after two weeks of navigation and before “the inconceivable response” of the Italian authorities, and specifically of its Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, of closing all its ports.