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The narration on migration should change. It’s time for European Union (EU) to see Africa as important trade partner - Carmelo Abela

Minister Abela emphasised that by investing in countries of origin the EU will be leading to addressing the root causes of irregular migration

The narration on migration should change. It is time for the European Union to see African countries as important trade partners. This was remarked by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela while addressing a panel discussion held as part of the 14th edition of the annual Bled Strategic Forum…

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A pressing need for a coherent UNSC approach to Libya

The Gymnich agenda included a working session with Western Balkan partners on regional cooperation

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, spoke – at an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Helsinki – on the pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach on Libya, especially at this juncture, when no less than five EU Member States…

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A pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach to Libya

Minister Abela recalled his recent meeting, in Malta, with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, spoke – at an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Helsinki – on the pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach on Libya, especially at this juncture, when no less than five EU Member States…

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Malta is willing to provide support to the United Nations-facilitated process in Libya led by Ghassan Salamé

Minister Abela stated that the situation in Libya has been untenable for far too long

“We are ready to be of service to the United Nations and to the people of Libya”. This was stated by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela during a press conference held with Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in…

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Reaching new markets in Africa

There is active interest in developing closer trade and cultural links between Malta and Rwanda

As Rwanda gears up to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June 2020, an advance team from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion and Trade Malta was assigned to Kigali, capital of Rwanda, to share Malta’s experience in CHOGM 2015 which was described as ‘exemplary’ and ‘one of the best…

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EU Moves Toward Agreement on Sharing Responsibility for Migrants and Refugees

14 EU countries endorsed “in principle” a France-Germany proposal for a “temporary solidarity mechanism” for swift disembarkation at the closest safe port

Judith Sunderland Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia Division After a year of disputes and ad hoc solutions to resolve stand-offs that have stranded people on rescue ships for weeks off European coasts, there finally appears to be progress towards a European Union-coordinated approach to receiving migrants arriving by sea.…

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60 young debaters from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans met in Malta to debate a sustainable 2030 future

The overall objective of the Young Mediterranean voices programme is to empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue to contribute to public policy

“It is our duty to build the next generation of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue leaders to transform debate into action for a sustainable future. This was stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela in his address at the 1st Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum. Held in Malta for the first…

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UN Child Rights Committee publishes findings on Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from May 13 to 31: Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing…

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    • Minister Abela with Michael Farrugia, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration and Asylum
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Diplomacy the only way out of Libyan crisis

In Tuesday’s joint Foreign Affairs Minister’s Council (FAC), Minister Abela expressed Malta’s deep concern over the continued prolongation of hostilities in the Sahel region

An immediate halt to the ongoing violence in Libya and the commencement of a dialogue process between the warring sides would minimise the space for terrorist elements and render the entire region more secure. Speaking during an exchange of views with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé,…

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UN Child Rights Committee to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Tonga

The above are among the States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews

The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 13 to 31 May to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, and Tonga. The Committee will also review Sri Lanka under the Optional Protocol on sale of children. The above are among the States parties to the Child…