But both Italy and Malta, who have refused port access to the rescue vessels, on Sunday reiterated their positions.
Another ship run by the German group Sea-Eye is carrying 17 people rescued on 29 December.
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Australia then suffered the indignity of being forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years as Kohli twisted the knife.
But Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who leads the anti-immigrant League party and has closed ports to rescue ships, opposes this.
Issuing a "heartfelt appeal" in a public address in the Vatican, the Pope said the migrants needed "a safe port".
"Irregular immigration is a national priority that needs help from a European level and therefore Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is duty bound to persuade as he had pledged other Prime Ministers within his political group that a mandatory burden sharing system between European Union countries needs to be implemented, especially in these exceptional circumstances".
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Une partie de ses prérogatives ont d'ailleurs été transférées par la Cour constitutionnelle au Premier ministre. Kelly Ondo Obiang de la garde Républicaine a lu le communiqué annonçant le conseil de la restauration.
"The situation is becoming more unstable every day, the level of stress is rising", added Franck Doerner, a doctor on board, via a video message.
Spain's maritime rescue service says it saved 549 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
"It is easy to play the Christmas Saint with everyone, but then come January, February and the summer period we would be told to do the same".
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Trump, however, now is saying he would agree to a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall he has long vowed to build. The seemingly intractable budget showdown marks the first clash for Trump and Democrats, who now control the House.
At midday prayers in St Peter's Square the Pope called on Europe to show "concrete solidarity" towards the migrants, whose fate has caused a row between Italy and Malta and opened cracks in the populist Italian government. They've been on the boat since December 22nd when they were picked up off the coast of Libya.