PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion inaugurates hall in honour of Dom Mintoff

On the 103rd anniversary of Dom Mintoff’s birth, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela inaugurated a hall dedicated to the memory of Mintoff at Palazzo Parisio in Valletta which serves as the building of the Ministry. Between 1971 and 1981 Dom Mintoff served as the second Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta as an Independent country and the first Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta as a Republic.

In his speech, Minister Abela said, “till today � when abroad and Malta is mentioned, the name Mintoff is still pronounced. In his life and after, he remained one of those personalities who is either loved or hated � but surely a personality one cannot be indifferent about”.

Minister Abela reckoned how Dom Mintoff used to follow two fundamental principles when it comes to Malta’s relationship with foreign countries. These principles were that Malta assists other countries so that in the world, especially in the Mediterranean, there will be peace and that Malta’s foreign policy will be used as a tool to assist the lives of the Maltese population.

Minister Abela added that through the inauguration of this hall, the Ministry will continue to reckon Don Mintoff’s vision and values in the area of foreign affairs. In this regard he referred to the importance given by Mintoff to security in the Mediterranean in order for there to be peace and security in Europe. He also made reference to the relationship with countries and nations across the world, and the boost in employment due to commerce. This together with Mintoff’s determination in the belief that although Malta is a small country, it still provides a regional and international contribution larger than expected from such a country. On top of that, Minister Abela concluded by saying that there is, “the need that foreign policy is used for the protection, and the interests of the Maltese and Gozitan population, both those living on our shores as well as those living abroad.”

Minister Abela announced that in the coming days a competition for an artistic piece of work will be launched and that this will be eventually placed at Dom Mintoff Hall as a memory of this Minister and his legacy. The committee responsible for this initiative will be composed of Chairman Dr Anthony De Giovanni, Dr Sharon Scicluna, Mr Anthony Spagnol, Mr Joseph Barbara and Mr Pierre Portelli.

During the ceremony, a discussion was held on the security challenges in the Mediterranean with Mr Aleks Farrugia, Professor Godfrey Pirotta and Professor Carmen Sammut. The theme was triggered by Don Mintoff’s belief that without security in the Mediterranean there can’t be security in Europe.

Source: Government of Malta