OFFICIAL STATEMENT 180
Shipwreck in Mauritania

​Spain has learned with great dismay the news relating to the shipwreck of a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean off Nuadhibou (Mauritania), in which at least 58 migrants from various countries lost their lives on the way to the Canary Islands

05/12/2019

The Government of Spain wishes to express its condolences to the families of the dead and its hopes for the speedy recovery of the injured.

It would also like to express its support for the Government of Mauritania, with which it cooperates considerably on migratory issues, and its thanks for the work of its authorities as well as the efforts of the International Organization for Migration, which have allowed the rescue of a further 85 migrants who were on the vessel.

This tragic event demonstrates once more the need to continue with a comprehensive and effective approach to the phenomenon of illegal migration and to prevent events such as these from happening again.

 

 

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