Watch: Last group of Aquarius migrants leave Malta

Over 140 people had arrived on board the ship in August

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The last group of migrants who arrived on the MV Aquarius in August and September left for Germany on Wednesday.

This departure was the last phase of an ad hoc solidarity mechanism which was put into place by the Prime Minister of Malta with the agreement of other member states to resolve the humanitarian situation.

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A total of 141 immigrants arrived in Malta aboard the MV Aquarius on August, when Malta allowed the vessel to enter its port and served as a logistical base. Another 58 arrived in September following a diplomatic spat. 

The ad hoc solidarity agreement in response to the humanitarian crisis aboard the MV Aquarius emerged following discussions between France and Malta and a number of European member states with the support of the European Commission.

In a statement, the Maltese government thanked Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Portugal for their collaboration.

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