Stand-off in Med ended after European countries agree to take migrants

Four EU countries will take in the 64 African migrants who were rescued after being stranded at sea for almost two weeks. German operated rescue vessel Alan Kurdi had been refused entry by Italy and Malta, both of which claimed it was Libya’s responsibility, operator Sea-Eye said.

The migrants will now be redistributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg, Malta said, adding that the agreement had been achieved through the co-ordination of the European Commission.

Two migrants had already been evacuated to Malta after falling ill on the German ship.

“Once again the smallest member of the European Union was put under unnecessary pressure, being asked to resolve a case which was neither its responsibility nor its remit,” the Maltese government said.