Four EU countries will welcome refugees: the Open Arms lands in Messina

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Following the requests made, the ports of Messina and Taranto were respectively assigned to the Open Arms and Sea Watch 3 ships. The Interior Ministry said so, stressing that "France, Germany, Portugal and Ireland have already given their availability to welcome asylum seekers on board".

The availability, the ministry informs, was offered on the basis of the opening of the European redistribution of migrants procedure launched by the EU Commission also on the basis of the pre-agreement of Malta.

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