The Malta Independent 20 June 2019, Thursday

Malta encourages further synergy in promoting freedom of movement of persons and goods

Monday, 18 March 2019, 18:30 Last update: about 4 months ago

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela told an EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) Meeting in Brussels on Monday that Malta encourages further synergy between the EU's Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative..

The Council, presided by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, exchanged views on China and EU-China relations, preparing the ground for the discussion at the European Council meeting to be held on 21 and 22 March 2019. It also fed into the preparations of the EU-China Summit, to be held on 9 April 2019 in Brussels. Over lunch, the Foreign Ministers had a discussion with Wang Yi, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister. This was the first time ever that a Chinese Foreign Minister was invited to an FAC.


Together with other EU member states, Malta supported the 15th October 2018 Council Conclusions on a Strategy Connecting Europe and Asia, as it believes that the strategy can enhance the advancement of EU interests by promoting freedom of movement of persons and goods while helping build deeper political, economic, and social bonds. Minister Abela added that, in view of ongoing developments in the relations between the US and China, it is important to reiterate the importance of multilateral cooperation on issues of common concern like peace, security, and climate change.


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