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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS Malta and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen ties in trade, investment, and in the fight against international economic crime

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo held a phone call with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash.


The two Ministers discussed areas where cooperation can be strengthened between the two countries, namely trade, investment, and in the cooperation to fight international economic crime.  Malta and the UAE will also work to resume direct flights between the two countries.


Reflecting on the position taken by the European Union welcoming the normalization of relations with Israel, Minister Bartolo stated that “Malta believes in the Two-State Solution as the solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Malta would like to see the two sides sit down together and negotiate the way forward." To this end, Malta welcomes the improvement in relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours.


Minister Bartolo also stressed the need for all Libyans from all over Libya to get together and rebuild their country for the benefit of all Libyans. Minister Bartolo affirmed that “Malta wants a united Libya run by Libyans for Libyans." Minister Bartolo said that those who really want the lives of Libyans to improve should help Libyans from all sides to work together.


Minister Bartolo acknowledged how Turkey and the GNA have been helping prevent irregular migrants from reaching Malta from Libya, and re-iterated that Malta is a neutral country and will not be used by any foreign state as a military base against any other country. Malta wants to live in peace with all countries.​