Malta Independent

Strategic discussion­s for improving Malta’s relations with France


“As two integral countries in the Mediterran­ean region it is essential that we engage in strong dialogue in order to experience a stronger region.” This was outlined by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg during a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Catherine Colonna on the margins of the Paris Peace Forum which is being held in Paris, France.

A very important point on the agenda of this meeting was the immigratio­n situation in the region. From his end, Minister Ian Borg reiterated how the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) remains a crucial one, where what is being said on paper can be implemente­d in reality. Ian Borg went on to say that the relocation system is an important one for our country and thanked France for the assistance it has given and will be giving in 2023 on this aspect.

Minister Borg and Minister Colonna also discussed the collaborat­ion between the two countries on the United Nations Security Council in detail, being the only two countries of the European Union for this term. Minister Borg explained Malta’s priorities for this term and how Malta believes in the need for dialogue for more peace and security around the world.

Malta also participat­ed in the celebratio­n of the 104th anniversar­y of the Armistice where Minister Borg also met the President of France Emmanuel Macron. During this celebratio­n Ian Borg had discussion­s with the President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Santiago Cafiero, and also with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Kingdom, James Cleverly.

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