‘We have to look out for our­selves when it comes to deal with mi­gra­tion’ – Prime Min­is­ter

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said yes­ter­day that when it comes to the mi­gra­tion is­sue, “we will have to look out for our­selves”.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists at the end of a Euro­pean Union sum­mit in Brussels, Dr Mus­cat said that he is how­ever sat­is­fied with the fact that there are plans to help African coun­tries to con­trol the in­flux of im­mi­gra­tion.

Re­fer­ring to the dis­cus­sions re­lated to the free trade pact with Canada, Dr Mus­cat ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment that some EU mem­ber states are still scep­ti­cal on open­ing trade with the world and with coun­tries like Canada, which he de­scribed as one of the most pro­gres­sive coun­tries in the world.

Canada in fact walked out of talks yes­ter­day, un­able to break a dead­lock with the small Bel­gian re­gion of Wal­lo­nia, which has been de­fy­ing multi­na­tional ef­forts to have the pact signed next week.

Dr Mus­cat ex­plained that, on a pos­i­tive note, the dis­cus­sions on Russia and Syria were very fruit­ful and praised the level of con­ver­gence on these mat­ters.

Dr Mus­cat said that the gov­ern­ment should make sure that our coun­try is pro­tected but also that lives that can be saved are saved. “We need to take hu­man ap­proaches. But we can­not wait for the Euro­pean Union to start do­ing any­thing about it.”

Asked about Brexit, Dr Mus­cat said that UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May “con­firmed most of the things we know so far” but dis­cus­sions can­not start be­fore next March when Ar­ti­cle 50 of the Treaty of the EU is in­voked.

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat dur­ing a re­laxed mo­ment at the EU lead­ers sum­mit in Brussels, as UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May (left) looks on.

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