Malta’s FM meets EU Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Sa­hel

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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