Spanish naval ship saves 651 migrants in Mediterranean

Spanish naval ship saves 651 migrants in Mediterranean

Earlier this month, Angelino Alfano, Italian foreign minister, said his country will host an global conference on migration.

The statement did not specify the nationalities of those rescued.

Johnson met Sarraj on Thursday and congratulated him on meeting earlier this week in Abu Dhabi with Libyan military strongman Khalifa al-Haftar, who does not recognise the GNA's legitimacy.

Alfano's trip to Libya came hot on the heels of a two-day visit Thursday and Friday to the oil-rich North African nation by his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Italy, too, has welcomed the meeting between Haftar and Serraj.

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"The stabilisation of Libya has a tremendous value for us [Italy]: it means national security, the end of human trafficking, and a reduction of the migration flow", Alfano was cited as saying in the Italian Ansa news agency. Some Italians are against the decision to settle the refugees in the European country.

Illegal migrants, who were rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, arrive at the naval base in the capital Tripoli on May 6, 2017. Libya is one of the prime launching points.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 43,490 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe this past year.

It was also reported that the Aquarius that belongs to the SOS Mediterranée NGO is carrying 731 people to Reggio Calabria, and the Canarias, a vessel of the Spanish Navy, is transporting 507 to Messina.

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