Min­is­ter Borg meets United King­dom, Cyprus coun­ter­parts

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter Borg at­tended a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with the Min­is­ter for Trans­port of the United King­dom, John Hayes. Dur­ing this meet­ing, Dr Borg noted with sat­is­fac­tion the cor­dial re­la­tion­ship which Malta and the UK have al­ways held in the mar­itime field.

He also dis­cussed the Mal­tese Gov­ern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to strengthen Malta as an in­ter­na­tional mar­itime cen­tre and to im­prove the leg­isla­tive, reg­u­la­tory and man­age­ment regime of its flag. Dur­ing the bi­lat­eral, John Hayes em­pha­sised that Malta and the UK share a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship and said, “this re­la­tion­ship is one that the UK Gov­ern­ment trea­sures and is not at risk from our (the UK’s) de­par­ture from the EU. We should look at ways we can ce­ment this spe­cial re­la­tion­ship.”

Ian Borg also at­tended a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with the Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Works of Cyprus, Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades.

Malta and Cyprus are two of the most im­por­tant mar­itime na­tions in the world, and share sev­eral sim­i­lar­i­ties, among which is their strate­gic po­si­tion in the Mediter­ranean sea as well as their high ranking in the list of top ship­ping reg­istries around the world. Dur­ing this meet­ing, Dr Borg ex­pressed Malta’s view that co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual sup­port on mar­itime is­sues between the two coun­tries will en­sure the pro­mo­tion of their in­ter­ests, re­sult­ing in mu­tual ben­e­fits. The Min­is­ter also spoke about his and Malta’s en­thu­si­asm to work to­gether with Cyprus in the fu­ture.

The Min­is­ter was at­tend­ing London In­ter­na­tional Ship­ping Week which is be­ing held this week.

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