The Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, said yesterday that the captain of the ‘Open Arms’, Marc Reig, is not competent to request political asylum to the Spanish Embassy in Malta for 31 minors who are on the ship and added: “I understand that to keep the issue alive this can be an element, but he does not have that capacity”.
The founder of the NGO, Óscar Camps, replied: “We are not trying to keep the ‘question’ alive. We try to keep alive the 507 people who today are suffering a kidnapping in the middle of the sea”, between the ‘Open Arms’ and the 356 of the ‘Ocean Viking’. In addition, asked Pedro Sanchez for courage and political height.
While the Spanish government insists that it expects “an early European solution,” the Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, urged the ‘Open Arms’ to “sail in the direction of Spain”.