Italy allows rescue ship to disembark migrants

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Italy has agreed to allow rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants in the southern port of Lampedusa, the SOS Mediterranee charity which runs the vessel said Saturday. ‘The Ocean Viking just received instructions from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of Rome to proceed to Lampedusa,’ SOS Mediterranee tweeted.
‘An ad hoc European agreement between Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg has been reached to allow the landing,’ said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.—APP