Five European Union Interior Ministers meeting in the Maltese town of Birgu agreed to a temporary redistribution plan for migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea on Monday.

Footage shows the Interior Ministers of Malta, Italy, Germany, France and Finland - currently holding the rotating EU presidency - meeting in Birgu, where they reportedly agreed on a plan until at least October 8.

Interior ministers of all EU countries will meet on October 8 to consider expanding the arrangement.

"It is very important what happened today, as it was a first action, an agreement, a first step toward an approach of genuine European common action," said Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese.

"The number of the refugees to be taken in will be discussed and decided on 8 October in Luxembourg, because the number depends on the number of member states who will join the agreement," said German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

"We have started to make history. Now it will depend on whether we get the support of all the other countries, or most of the other countries, by accepting this paper, by accepting and participating in disembarkation," said Maltese Interior Minister Michael Farrugia.

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RT 26 Feb 2020 08:45 CET