Ger­many ‘will sup­port’ pri­or­i­ties Malta has iden­ti­fied for its six-month EU Pres­i­dency term

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ge­orge W. Vella has had a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with State Sec­re­tary at the Ger­man Fed­eral For­eign Of­fice Markus Flo­rian Ederer. State Sec­re­tary Ederer, who was in Malta for a meet­ing of EU State Sec­re­taries and Sec­re­taries Gen­er­als, was ac­com­pa­nied by the Am­bas­sador of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many to Malta Gu­drun Sräga.

Re­cent events in Libya, the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, re­la­tions with Turkey, the grow­ing rel­e­vance that Africa has ac­quired at an in­ter­na­tional level, Brexit and mi­gra­tion were dis­cussed in de­tail. Dr Vella also gave an over­view of the pri­or­i­ties for Malta’s im­mi­nent EU Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Dr Vella pointed out that there are sev­eral points of con­ver­gence be­tween the poli­cies adopted and goals en­vis­aged by Malta and Ger­many on most of the is­sues that were dis­cussed. He said that the in­creas­ing at­ten­tion that Ger­many has been giv­ing to ur­gent is­sues in the EU’s south­ern neigh­bour­hood is highly val­ued. Markus Flo­rian Ederer as­sured Dr Vella that Ger­many will sup­port the pri­or­i­ties Malta has iden­ti­fied for its six-month Pres­i­dency.

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