Malta and the United Kingdom with a bilateral cooperation agreement

Last Updated on Friday, 10 February, 2023 at 3:49 pm by Andre Camilleri

During an official visit by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth, and Development of the United Kingdom, James Cleverly, in our country, together with the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, Ian Borg, an agreement of bilateral cooperation between the two countries was signed.

During a bilateral meeting and a press conference at the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, Minister Ian Borg reiterated how this agreement is the result of work carried out over the last months and years by many diplomats so that both peoples can enjoy stronger bilateral relations in a number of strategic sectors.

Minister Borg explained how this agreement is testimony to the strong relations that already exist between the two countries and that will continue to be strengthened. “This historic agreement focuses on foreign policy, security, defense, public administration, rule of law, trade, investment, research and innovation, energy, climate change, sustainability, education, health, and culture. I look forward to the implementation of this agreement and the benefits it will bring” said the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Minister Borg explained how, during the meeting, the subject of the United Nations Security Council was also discussed as both countries are currently serving on this important council. It was outlined how cooperation, even on a multilateral level, will continue to increase the commitment of both countries to contribute towards international peace and security. During these talks, the Commonwealth, and the way forward for this important forum were also discussed.

From his end, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, James Cleverly, claimed that the United Kingdom aims to continue to strengthen the relationship with Malta, and his visit to our country is a significant example of this. He said that today’s agreement is just the beginning of more work between the two countries. Cleverly continued by saying that he looks forward to even working with Malta on issues such as peace and security, even due to the fact that our country has always been an agent of peace.

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