PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION: Foreign Minister renews Malta’s commitment to the Union for the Mediterranean on its tenth anniversary – advocates a more result-oriented approach

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela, together with the foreign ministers of the member states of the Union for the Mediterranean, participated in the Third Regional Forum held in Barcelona on 8 October 2018. The event served, above all, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean, to review its achievements, and for an exchange of views on the way forward and the potential of this action-driven organisation. The UfM has proven to be a unique platform for dialogue and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region, a platform which remains relevant, and where the search for solutions to our common regional challenges is all the more necessary.

In his address, the Minister reiterated Malta’s support to the UfM and placed a particular emphasis on the need to persevere in seeking untapped opportunities to further enhance regional cooperation and integration in the region. He commended the UfM for its achievements and the considerable number of projects which continue to make the Union more relevant and visible. He underlined that there can be no peace in Europe without peace, stability and prosperity in the Mediterranean.

Minister Abela emphasised that tangible progress needs to be registered if we are to send out a clear message of hope. This result-oriented approach to regional cooperation needs to be supported by the creation of new trade, commercial, educational opportunities as well as political stability in the entire region.

The Regional Forum was co-chaired by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, and Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and hosted by Josep Borrell, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, as well as Nasser Kamel, UfM Secretary General.

In the margins of this Forum, Minister Abela also met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt Sameh Shoukry, with discussions focusing on the strengthening of bilateral relations and recent developments in the region. A separate meeting was held with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Emanuela Del Re which mostly focused on the upcoming Palermo Conference on Libya.

Source: Government of Malta