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Malta and Spain discuss common challenges

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Malta and Spain held talks on the common challenges facing the two Mediterranean EU Member States when Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel Albares met in Madrid.

The two ministers reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries and shared words of appreciation for the work and cooperation during the COVID19 pandemic. Ministers Bartolo and Albares held talks on immigration, climate, energy and the future of the European Union. The potential for developing relations between the two countries was also discussed – through work in the fields of culture, arts, education, tourism and internationalization. of Spanish companies in Malta and Spain. Minister Albares has been invited for an official visit to Malta by Minister Bartolo.

The meeting took place within the framework of a working visit to Madrid, Spain, by the Embassy of Malta in Spain. Events focusing on the Latin America and Caribbean region and Spanish companies interested in Malta were held, respectively.

The Maltese delegation was led by the Maltese Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Evarist Bartolo, who was accompanied by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Christopher Cutajar.

Latin America and Caribbean Region

The Latin America and Caribbean region offers great potential and maintains important links with Europe. Malta’s recently published foreign policy strategy recognizes this by identifying the objective of strengthening relations between Malta and the region. The countries that make up this region have a strong diplomatic presence in Madrid, given the common history and the deep political, commercial and cultural ties between the region and Spain. Madrid thus provides a platform to complement Malta’s work in this regard.

The Embassy of Malta in Spain, under the leadership of Ambassador Daniel Azzopardi, organized an event entitled “Discover Malta: a meeting point between the European Union and the Mediterranean” to which all the ambassadors of the Latin America and Caribbean region have been invited. The aim of the event, which was attended by 21 countries, was to present Malta in more detail to eminent diplomats, focusing on Malta’s foreign policy, trade and tourism. An encouraging level of interest in Malta has been registered and discussions will continue in more detail at bilateral level.

Trade

The Maltese Embassy has partnered with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce for an event to which companies based in Spain and interested in Malta have been invited. The meeting took place at the prestigious Palacio Santonothas and brought together more than 70 companies in person, and more, virtually.