August 23, 2019 / 10:43 AM / 5 months ago

Ocean Viking ship with 356 migrants on board to dock in Malta - France

FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner speaks during a joint news conference with Ivory Coast Security Minister Sidiki Diakite in Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - The Ocean Viking ship which has been drifting in the Mediterranean for two weeks with rescued migrants on board will dock in Malta after six EU countries reached an agreement, France’s interior minister said on Friday.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said France would take in 150 out of the 356 migrants on board the rescue Norwegian-flagged ship. He added Germany, Portugal, Romania, Luxembourg and Ireland were also participating in the agreement.

Ocean Viking, was stranded at sea for two weeks awaiting port access after being denied entry by Malta and requests to Italy were left unanswered.

Reporting by Inti Landauro, Editing by Leigh Thomas

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