Spain’s foreign minister urges EU to discuss migrant rescue issue


SPAIN’S FOREIGN Minister, Alfonso Dastis says that all European Union members need to discuss Italy’s proposal for other countries in the bloc to open their ports to ships carrying rescued migrants.

Dastis told the Spanish press in Madrid on Monday that ‘our position is that exceptional situations require exceptional measures as a response, but they need to be discussed among all countries.’

Italy has pleaded for help as thousands of migrants and refugees pour onto its shores.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, condemned an ‘unfolding tragedy’ in the country.

Dastis added that Spain ‘hasn’t received a formal request’ top open its ports.

He said that he expected the issue to be discussed by EU interior ministers and foreign ministers at separate meetings later this week.

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