PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS: “Youth is the future of Africa” – Minister George W. Vella

Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella co-chaired the 21st EU-ECOWAS Ministerial Dialogue meeting in Brussels, on behalf of the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, President of the ECOWAS Commission Marcel A. De Souza, and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Liberia Marion Kamara.

The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss a number of issues of common intent to the two institutions, among which institutional developments, peace and security, migration, and cooperation and regional integration.

In his introductory remarks Minister Vella referred to the latest developments in the European Union. Although the UK has chosen to take a different path, the EU remains a united and forward-looking union, said the Minister. The launching of the Global Strategy by the High Representative last year demonstrates the EU’s resolve to maintain its role as an important global player.

Minister Vella also expressed his concern over terrorism and the need for more cooperation to counter this threat in an effective manner. The situation in the EU neighbourhood remains fragile. The turmoil and conflicts in Crimea, Libya, and Syria continue to be a cause of great concern, as well as the lack of progress on the Middle East Peace Process. He also referred to irregular migration and the need for more cooperation with African countries to reduce migratory flows via the central Mediterranean route. Minister Vella highlighted the importance of increased engagement with the so-called ‘neighbours’ and regional organisations such as the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the G5.

A Joint Communique was adopted at the end of the meeting.

Source: Government of Malta