PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION: Importance of multilateral cooperation high on Maltese and Croatian Foreign Ministers’ talks

The importance of strengthening and renewing multilateral cooperation to successfully overcome the biggest challenges that the world, and Europe in particular, are facing was one of the main pioints discussed during a bilateral meeting held in Valletta between Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela and Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric. Multilateral organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, can only remain relevant if they adapt to changing realities and treat their members equitably, Minister Abela said.

Offering Croatia Malta’s assistance and exchange of best practice apropos of its Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2020, Minister Abela described the upcoming Presidency as an opportunity for the two countries to work closer together, not only within the EU framework but also bilaterally, to address common challenges within the Euro-Mediterranean region. These include migration, as well as stability and security in Libya. He also referred to the importance of seeing the Western Balkans become more involved in the EU, as the younger generation is eager to participate in defining the direction in which Europe will be going.

Both Ministers expressed satisfaction with the excellent bilateral relations between Malta and Croatia, and discussed the possibility to explore further opportunities in trade and investment. Minister Abela reiterated Malta’s commitment to further collaborate with Croatia in the field of culture, especially in view of the Cultural Educational Cooperation Agreement signed between both countries due to their common denominations in religion, heritage, Mediterranean culture, and maritime history. He augured Croatia’s third-largest city of Rijeka well for its stint as European Capital of Culture 2020.

Source: Government of Malta