Prime Minister Joseph Muscat welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at the Auberge de Castille.
President Macron signs the visitors' book and proceeds for a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister.
European issues, migration, and the situation in Libya dominated bilateral talks between Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and President Emmanuel Macron. The two were meeting prior to the South EU Summit in Malta. Prime Minister Muscat referred to Libya as a very important neighbour and said that Malta was very much concerned about the Libyan situation. President Macron on his part said that the countries have common issues to discuss and especially migration.
French President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, proceeds for a walk to the Upper Barrakka Gardens and to view the uniqueness of the Grand Harbour.
French President Emmanuel Macron viewing Napoleon's room at Palazzo Parisio. The building, and this particular room, was Napoleon's residence for a week back in June 1789 at the early days of the French occupation of Malta. Nowadays Palazzo Parisio houses the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.
The role the European Union is expected to play in stimulating growth and security in the Mediterranean and beyond, the need to foster peace and security in the Mediterranean, and the safeguarding of citizens' wellbeing, their freedoms, and social rights were dwelt upon by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the start of the working session of the South EU summit. Chairing the summit, Prime Minister Muscat also referred to the need for southern EU countries to work together to put the EU's social agenda at the forefront. Instability in Libya, said the Maltese Prime Minister, is a threat to the EU. This is also linked with the need to have stability in Africa which is crucial to tackle migratory pressures. Prime Minister Muscat also spoke of the need that EU member states share responsibility on migratory pressures and thus the need to have a permanent mechanism based on a balance of responsibility and solidarity.
Family photo of the seven leaders of the Southern EU member states.
The MED7 leaders address a press conference.