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Gibraltar after closer political and cooperation links with Malta

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:07 UTC
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Chief minister Picardo with Maltese Parliament speaker Farrugia Chief minister Picardo with Maltese Parliament speaker Farrugia

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo met with top officials from Malta this week during a two day visit focused on building links with the island state. The officials included Foreign affairs minister George Vella, Speaker of the Maltese Parliament Angelu Farrugia and Financial Services and Gaming Minister Albert Isola.

 “In a gesture of the warmth that characterizes the deep historic relationship between the people of Gibraltar and Malta, the flag of Gibraltar was flown from the Maltese Foreign Office for the arrival and departure of the Chief Minister’s delegation,” No 6 Convent Place, Picardo's office, said in a statement.

Mr Picardo and Maltese officials discussed the many EU issues which Gibraltar faces and the “culture of compliance” that characterizes the approach of the Government to EU obligations and the meeting “…led to an exchange of different ideas on the potential areas for future co-operation”.

With parliament speaker Farrugia, Picardo considered issues related to parliamentary reform and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Farrugia provided the Chief Minister with copies of Maltese parliamentary publications.

The visit continued with a dinner hosted by the Chief Executive of the Maltese Financial Services Commission, Joe Bannister. Earlier in the day the delegation called on the British High Commissioner in Valetta, Rob Luke.

This meeting was both an opportunity to consider the excellent state of relations between the United Kingdom and Malta and a chance to consider how the UK might assist Gibraltar in seeking further to develop bilateral links with Malta, No 6 added in the statement.

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  • Conqueror

    Oh ho. Gibraltar thinking about replacing Britain with Malta? Malta is a major Mediterranean military power. 9 vessels and 6 boats. 13 aircraft. An infantry regiment. Good idea!

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 12:33 pm 0
  • ilsen

    That was not my interpretation of the article. Did I miss something there?

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 01:33 pm 0
  • inthegutter

    #1 Yeah, I don't get your comment.

    Gibraltar and Malta have many similarities including a similar shared history with the UK. If Gibraltar decides to go down the route of full independence Malta will become a key ally, perhaps not militarily, but certainly diplomatically (esp. if Gibraltar becomes a full member of the EU).

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 02:08 pm 0
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