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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Alarmed by Return of Migrants to Libya from Maltese Waters

IOM reiterates its call to the international community to establish a clear and quick disembarkation mechanism to end the return and detention of vulnerable people in Libya

A wooden boat carrying 49 migrants was returned to Libya after becoming stranded in Maltese waters when its engine stopped working.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is alarmed by this apparent breach of international maritime law and appeals to the European Union and the international community for immediate and…

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Canon celebrates the Power of Storytelling for Students and Professionals at Visa Pour l’Image 2020

Canon Student Development Programme open for entry to 48 countries

For the 31st year, Canon Europe (https://www.Canon-Europe.com/) is proud to announce it will partner with Visa pour l’Image, one of the world’s leading photojournalism festivals. Taking place in Perpignan, France, between 29th August – 13th September 2020, this long-standing partnership highlights Canon’s commitment to photojournalism, from students learning the craft…

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Calls on the International Community for Urgent Action to Find Alternatives to Disembarkation in Libya

The United Nations continues to document abuse, torture, disappearances and dire conditions in Libyan detention centres

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community including the European Union to find an alternative safe disembarkation mechanism for migrants rescued fleeing Libya by boat after roughly 200 migrants were returned to Tripoli, hours after the city's main port was heavily shelled on Tuesday. “Libya…

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Opening of a Visa Application Centre

Germany represents Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary in Schengen visa matters

The German Embassy will outsource the application process for Schengen visas in Namibia to a service provider (TLS Group S.A.) with a Visa Application Centre (VAC) based in Windhoek, starting as from 2 March 2020. According to the European Visa Code, Germany represents Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands,…

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Malta launches its first strategy for growth and partnership with Africa (2020-2025) for public consultation

Trade, development and diplomacy as the focus recognising Africa as an emerging economic force

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela launched the first policy document for public consultation, wherein Africa is being seen by Malta as a vital strategic partner for the coming five years. Focusing on trade, diplomacy and development, this policy document, entitled ‘Malta and Africa: A strategy for partnership 2020-2025’, concentrates on…

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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…