(CNN)In a sign that Italy's new government will reject the previous administration's hostile stance towards migrants, an aid ship carrying 82 people rescued from the Mediterranean has been granted permission to dock and let them disembark on Lampedusa, SOS Mediterranee, which operates the ship in partnership with MSF, and an Italian minister said on Twitter.
New Italian government lets migrant rescue ship dock after Salvini's departure
The vessel, called Ocean Viking, rescued 50 migrants from a shipwreck off the coast of Libya on September 8. It then took on more people rescued by another sailboat which did not have appropriate shelter for them in high seas, according to a statement by SOS Mediterranee.
On Twitter, SOS Mediterranee said: "The #OceanViking just received instruction from Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome to proceed to Lampedusa, Italy, which has been designated as Place of Safety for the 82 survivors rescued in two operations."
Italy's Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dario Franceschini, member of the Democratic Party, indicated on Twitter that the migrants would be taken in by several European countries. He wrote: "The Government assigns a safe haven to #OceanViking and migrants will be welcomed in many European countries. End of Salvini's propaganda over the skin of desperate people at sea. Politics and good international relations are back to tackle and solve the migration problem."
Former Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, who is well known for his anti-migrant stance, reacted to the post, tweeting: "The new government reopens the ports, Italy turns into a REFUGE FIELD of Europe. Abusive ministers, who hate the Italians."