European Union countries have been urged not to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to deny migrants a safe place to land.
As the tiny island nation lies in the middle of a popular migration route, Maltese interests lie in ensuring a stable Libya capable of securing its borders.
Oil smuggling contributes to instability, crime and economic deprivation in Libya.
The United States renews calls for a political solution in Libya as it slaps sanctions over smuggling out of the war-torn nation.
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The government has insisted it will not allow any migrants to land in Malta, saying other EU nations have not kept promises to take migrants already brought to the island.
A report by a UN Panel of Experts said the foreign mercenaries were affiliated with Lancaster 6 DMCC and Opus Capital Asset Limited FZE, both registered at free zones in the UAE, Bloomberg reported.
According to the special envoy for the central Mediterranean with the UUNHCR, the situation is all the more dire, as departures from the Libyan coast have nearly quadrupled compared with the same period a year ago.
With global travel all but grounded, the EASO agency said that in March the bloc logged only about half as many asylum claims as in February.
While experts say refusing to let the ship into port for an extended period could hasten the spread of the virus among the people on board, many people are stranded on their cruise ships.
Robert Abela who was elected leader of the Labour Party after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's downfall automatically takes the role of prime minister.
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