Malta says not responsible for Lifeline boat denied by Italy

53,472 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with UNHCR in Libya

Interior Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy Matteo Salvini refused to allow the vessel with migrants in the country, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Lifeline has rescued over 200 migrants in Mediterranean sea, Italy refuses to let them. In 2017, Germany gave Lebanon 370 million euros to help with the refugees and in a statement released Wednesday, the European Union adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help cope with hosting refugees.

"But the boat did not following these instructions", he said, adding that the next mistake was when Italy ordered the boat to sail towards Malta.

"And we will seize the ship", he said, adding that the Seefuchs boat would receive the same treatment.

The Lifeline "is without the tools to guarantee safety to the migrants and crew", Toninelli said.

Mr Salvini is making good on an election promise to go after rescue ships run by aid groups, which he has likened to taxi services that help the migrant smugglers.

Salvini on Thursday said the ship had acted improperly by taking on board migrants that the Italian coast guard had assigned to the Libyan coast guard to rescue.

Salvini has demanded that Malta, the EU's smallest country, allow the Lifeline to dock because it was in the island's waters.

The UN said on Thursday that more than 1,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in 2018.

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If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. Trump said Wednesday that while "we're going to have strong, very strong borders. we're going to keep families together".

While the number of sea arrivals to Italy has dropped dramatically this year - by more than 77 percent from 2017 - the new populist government has thrust immigration to the top of the EU's agenda ahead of a summit of leaders next week.

"We can not take in one more person", Salvini told the German weekly Der Spiegel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for confronting what she described as Iran's "aggressive" policies in the region.

Macron agreed to the need for "a European response to the challenge of migration", saying Europe must have "more capacity" to monitor its external borders but also more "solidarity mechanisms both outside and inside our borders" faced with migrant arrivals.

"He wants to show that Italy has been spending more political capital, financial capital, more of its coastguards and defence ressources on this issue than other countries", said Ryan Heath, the political editor of Politico Brussels website.

The YouGov poll showed that almost a third of Germans surveyed (32 percent) believe that the dispute could unseat Merkel's government, which is made up of the CDU, the CSU and the center-left Social Democrats.

The Sunday talks are unlikely to produce new solutions and the European Union will go on pushing to curb arrivals even though working with countries from where numerous migrants set out on their journey, like Tunisia or Niger is complicated, slow and costly.

"I am convening an informal working meeting on migration and asylum issues in Brussels on Sunday, in order to work with a group of Heads of State or Government of Member States interested in finding European solutions ahead of the upcoming #EUCO (European Council)", Juncker said on Twitter today.

"We will assume the humanitarian generosity and responsibility to save these people and take them onto Italian coast guard ships", Toninelli said in a video posted on Facebook. "Finally there is a decision to protect the exterior border", Salvini said.

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