PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY: Minister Michael Farrugia presides over the IIJ Training Course

Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Dr Michael Farrugia together with British High Commissioner Stuart Gill, presided over the opening of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) training course on counter-terrorism on the 27th of March. Members of the Malta Police Force, Malta Security Service, Corradino Correctional Facility and the Attorney General’s Department will attend the three-day training exercise.

Minister Michael Farrugia explained that building a safer world is one of the main priorities of every democracy. As everyone is aware, it is not an easy task to accomplish and there are several factors that add to this. Technological advancements have long played a role in this. The difficulties encountered in trying to remove live-streamed content from internet platforms and prevent its reappearance, further underline the vital importance of tackling terrorist content online, he stated.

Minister Michael Farrugia said that terrorism is a threat to international peace and security. Only by working closely with our international partners will it be possible to prevent and respond to new dimensions of terrorism and violent extremism. And, therefore Malta is a convinced supporter of international and regional cooperation.

Minister Michael Farrugia maintained that efforts in fostering international cooperation are not only revealed in the engagement with the United Nations (UN), the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), but also bilaterally by the engagement with third countries. The GCTF also has an important role to play to indeed shape international best practice and in turn, contributing to implement the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy and other relevant UN texts. Indeed, the European Union supports the growing links between the UN and the GCTF.

Minister Michael Farrugia concluded by reiterating once again the continuous collaboration with the UK authorities in the fight against terrorism and serious organised crime, since the UK is an important and strategic security partner for Malta.

Source: Government of Malta