Malta’s FM meets EU Special Representative for the Sahel
Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella yesterday held a meeting with the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, Angel Fernandez Losada.
The Minister and the EU Special Representative exchanged views on the political, economic, social and security challenges being faced in the Sahel and underscored the need to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Minister Vella welcomed the EU assistance being provided to the Sahel countries which amounts to €3.5 billion over a span of five years, stating however that it was not a question of just providing funds but also of engaging politically in a positive manner.
In this regard, priority should be given to the demographic changes, education and youth.
The Minister also expressed support for the work being undertaken by the EU Special Representative as well as the Sahel Regional Action Plan that was adopted by the EU and its continued engagement and support in order to address the various challenges such as the fight against terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism.
The direct links between security in the Sahel region and North Africa was discussed in detail, with particular focus on the pivotal role played by Libya and Mali.
Talks also touched upon the migration scenario in this region, with both Minister Vella and Mr Losada recalling that the Valletta Summit was a landmark which led to concrete deliverables with key actors in Africa.