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Rescued migrants arrive in Malta after German intervention

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Migrants disembark from a Maltese patrol boat after they were transferred from the rescue vessel Alan Kurdi, at the maritime base in Pieta, Malta, on Sunday.

Reuters VALLETTA (Reuters) — A group of 40 migrants rescued by a German charity ship landed in Malta on Sunday and will be taken care off by other European Union member states following a deal negotiated by Germany.

The 40 people were rescued Wednesday from a small boat off the Libyan coast by the NGO Sea Eye’s ship Alan Kurdi. The NGO sailed then to southern Italy, saying the port of Lampedusa was the closest and safest harbor.

On the same day, Italy’s right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini announced the ship would be banned from Italian waters.

Late on Saturday, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced a deal had been reached with the European Commission, following a request by Germany.

“Malta will allow 40 migrants on board the German vessel Alan Kurdi to transfer to a Malta Armed Forces asset and enter port,” Muscat said in a tweet. “No migrant will remain in Malta.”

Sea Eye said on Wednesday the Libyan coastguard advised the Alan Kurdi to land in Libya, but the NGO refused.

“We will obey international law and will not bring anyone back to a civil war country,” Sea Eye said in a tweet. “Libya is not safe!”Speech

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