EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
Interior ministers from several European countries, as well as the European Commission, met in Malta to discuss finding a deal to the distribution of the migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranean.
From one operation to the next, it's not the migrants who are saved but the ones they can do nothing to help that leave the worst mental scars on the Mediterranean's rescue crews
The Aquarius rescue ship arrives in Malta after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.
European countries face pressure to resolve a new standoff with operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for a second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.
The EU proposes financial incentives to member countries to admit migrants from Mediterranean rescue boats as part of efforts to defuse a weeks-long showdown with Italy.
A row over how the European Union should deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean has heated up in recent weeks, even though their number has declined sharply since 2015.