Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela defended the closure of the island’s ports for migrants rescued in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in the Mediterranean on Monday, insisting that it is not “racism” but “reality”.
The words of Abela, who ensured that the 57 migrants on board the tourist ship Captain Morgan received the necessary medical care and food, came after the European Commission asked Malta to allow the migrants to disembark. until they are relocated to other countries.
However, the Maltese president has decided to support the idea of migrants staying on board the ship while the issue of resettlement is being discussed in the Member States of the European Union.
For Abela, it is critical that a solution is on the table before migrants can leave the ship, reports the local newspaper ‘Times of Malta’.