Al­leanza Bidla asks for Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella’s res­ig­na­tion

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Al­leanza Bidla said in a state­ment it strongly con­demns the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs’ lat­est of­fi­cial state­ment that Malta will not be of­fer­ing bunker­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the Rus­sian ship when only this week it an­nounce in par­lia­ment that it of­fers such ser­vices to the French in our air­port.

Ivan Grech Mintoff states: “Rus­sian of­fi­cials have con­firmed to us to­day that Rus­sia never asked for such a service in the first place for this par­tic­u­lar ship. Why Vella would there­fore come out with such an un­nec­es­sary state­ment is sim­ply in­com­pre­hen­si­ble and stupid.

“This huge diplomatic gaffe is the lat­est amongst many that this gov­ern­ment keeps mak­ing in the for­eign af­fairs field. It is still re­fus­ing to for­mally ac­cept the real Libyan charge’ d’af­faires.

“It is still mis­han­dling of the Libyan visa scan­dal very badly and is now turn­ing of Malta into a spy hub.

“Malta has be­come the new Casablanca. It seems to be this gov­ern­ment’s full in­ten­tion to sim­ply ig­nore and break na­tional and in­ter­na­tional law and es­tab­lished diplomatic pol­icy.

“It is re­mov­ing the for­eign poli­cies that have served Malta so well for decades and now ad­her­ing to pure Clin­ton-based poli­cies in­stead.

“This is most harm­ful to Malta’s in­ter­na­tional im­age as well as very harm­ful to our own se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

“Once again Al­leanza Bidla asks for Vella’s im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion. He seems to be blindly fol­low­ing some­one else’s poli­cies and in­struc­tions and not ours.

“Rus­sia has al­ways been a good ally of Malta and we should never for­get that. We should be work­ing ac­tively for so­lu­tions rather than be used to cre­ate them our­selves by sim­ply tow­ing the clear, pro-Clin­ton line. ”

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