Italian sailors rescued in the night of Wednesday 84 migrants who were in a rubber boat in distress on the Mediterranean sea, said the Roman operations center of the coast guard of Italy.
According to this information, waterlogged boat with migrants was discovered on Tuesday evening by plane to the EU Agency for security of external borders Frontex in the area of responsibility of Libya. However, the Libyan authorities refused to take over coordination of the search and rescue operation, citing the lack of available boats.
The interior Ministers of Italy, France, Germany, Malta and Spain, as well as the relevant European commissioners discussed with colleagues from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, "strengthening mutual commitments to prevent and combat the traffic of migrants", said the Italian Department.
A meeting convened by the Italian side, was held via videoconference from the North of Trieste.