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23/02/2021

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS: Instability in the Sahel fosters instability in Libya with implications in the Mediterranean region – Minister Evarist Bartolo

​​Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo participated in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting. 

In his interventions, Minister Bartolo referred to the recent communication on the Southern neighbourhood, stressing that engaging with our Southern neighbourhood at an operational level and supporting the economic recovery of the region should not be underestimated. Minister Bartolo stated that Malta welcomed the investment plan and called for more concrete engagement with the countries in the region, including Libya. The challenges are not small, but the EU needs to step up. He also welcomed the commitment made by Commissioner Varhelyi in this regard.

Minister Bartolo also welcomed the recent summit on the Sahel and emphasised the importance of restoring stability to the Sahel region, as instability in this region has wider direct implications in the Mediterranean, primarily with regards to migratory flows and counterterrorism. The situation in this region requires further coordination, both within the EU and in other multilateral fora.

The Foreign Affairs Council also held a discussion on Russia and Hong Kong.

Foreign Affairs Ministers held a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on renewing Transatlantic relations and reinvigorating multilateralism.

In the margins of the Council meeting, Malta and Slovakia signed an agreement on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information.