CONTINUING to make good on his campaign promise, Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another George Soros-funded NGO
migrant rescue human smuggling mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its “human cargo” at any Italian port. Salvini said Rome no longer wants to be an accomplice in what he called the EU corrupt business of illegal immigration and added that his country’s actions benefit all.
The Local The new rightwing and anti-Muslim migrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated vessel the Aquarius, with more than 600 rescued migrants on board, from docking in Italy, causing uproar and a sharp spat with France.
Spain subsequently offered to take the Aquarius and it is expected at the port of Valencia on Sunday. Salvini showed no sign Saturday of softening his position.
“While the Aquarius is sailing towards Spain, two other Dutch NGO operated vessels (Lifeline and Seefuchs) have arrived off the Libyan coast, to wait for their human cargos once the people smugglers abandon them,” Salvini said in a Facebook post.
“These people should know that Italy no longer wants to be any part of this business of clandestine immigration and they will have to look for other ports to go to,” he said.
“As minister and as a father, I take this action for the benefit of all,” he added.