June 12, 2018 / 11:18 AM / 2 months ago

Hungary PM welcomes Italy's refusal to let migrant rescue ship dock

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed a decision by Italy not to allow a charity vessel crammed with rescued migrants to dock in Italian ports, saying it showed a will to protect maritime borders “at last”.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban adjusts his tie before addressing parliament in Budapest Hungary, May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Italy plans to transfer the migrants onto other vessels and sail them all to Spain, despite appeals from humanitarian groups to let the group disembark immediately. [nL8N1TE10P]

“It was so depressing to hear for years that it is impossible to protect maritime borders,” Orban told a news conference. “Will power has returned to Italy.”

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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