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Spain Welcomes Ship Carrying Migrants from African Countries

  • Newly appointed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez scored a major political victory in dealing with immigration as the first boat of a naval convoy arrived at a port in Valencia on Sunday carrying 629 rescued migrants, fleeing Sub-Saharan African countries muddled with poverty and conflict. The charity-run ship Aquarius (carrying the migrants) had to suffer a grueling 9-day sea voyage as it was first refused by Italy and Malta to dock on its ports. Aquarius’s passengers were greeted by 2,320-strong staff members that includes volunteers, uniformed police, health officials, and translators. Red Cross Secretary General Elhadj As Sy said in a news conference that denial of solidarity and support (inherent to European values) to migrants is to betray Europe itself.