Boris John­son avoids speak­ing with press af­ter meet­ing with Ge­orge Vella

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

Bri­tish For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Boris John­son avoided ques­tions from the press fol­low­ing a meet­ing with For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella.

The press were in­vited to cover the first five min­utes of the meet­ing, dur­ing which time noth­ing of sub­stance was ac­tu­ally said. It was The Malta In­de­pen­dent that re­vealed he would be in Malta to­day.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial hand­shake photo op­por­tu­nity, Mal­tese For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella could be heard say­ing: “Let’s have a hand­shake and get rid of th­ese peo­ple”.

The Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary opened the dis­cus­sions in a light­hearted tone, say­ing that while at EU Coun­cil meet­ings, he of­ten looks at Mal­tese For­eign Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella’s notes, say­ing he finds them very use­ful.

He went on to speak about Malta and the UK hav­ing much in com­mon.

The press were then asked to leave. Jour­nal­ists waited out­side in the hopes that the Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary would stop for a com­ment and per­haps an­swer a ques­tion or two fol­low­ing the meet­ing, which lasted over an hour. He how­ever chose to go through the press line and straight to his car with­out stop- ping.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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