The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

Migration, cooperation with US military discusses by PM with US Secretary of Defence

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 15:55 Last update: about 21 days ago

Migration and cooperation with the US military were among the topics discussed today between Prime Minister Robert Abela and US Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper at the Auberge de Castille, in Valletta.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Abela and US Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper discussed a number of issues including bilateral relations and how this relationship can be further strengthened, a joint statement said.


Discussions also focused on migration challenges, as well as, separately, cooperation between the Armed Forces of Malta and the United States military. They highlighted that the United States military will provide formative and technical training to Maltese soldiers.

Apart from assisting Malta in the military, where there are excellent military-to-military relations, the United States of America assist the Armed Forces of Malta in professional training, including with the Special Operations Unit.

In fact, every year a number of Maltese officers and soldiers attend specialized training in America. Special teams also provide training in Malta to reach more Maltese soldiers.

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement Byron Camilleri were also present at the meeting.

The visit sparked controversy after reports that the government is close to signing a Status of Forces agreement with the United States, with the Foreign Ministry however downplaying the news saying that such a signing is “no closer” to what it was over the past years.


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