The deal ended an impasse that kept the migrants stuck on the rescue boats while European governments negotiated which countries would take them. The deal also met Malta's demand for other countries to take many of the 249 migrants Maltese military vessels rescued in late December. Germany agreed to take 60 migrants from Malta, some from the stranded rescue ships and some Maltese boats rescued in December. Like Malta, Italy has refused to let private aid vessels dock in its ports since last year. The number of migrants reaching Spain by sea has surged amid Italy's refusal to let private rescue vessels into its ports.
Source: Libya Today January 09, 2019 15:56 UTC