Malta participated for the first time in the Munich Security Conference from the 15-17th February 2019 in Munich, Germany, according to a press statement issued by the government’s Department of Information (DOI).
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, represented Malta at the conference, which is the world’s leading forum debating international security policy, and a platform for governments and its leaders, as well as global senior decision-makers, to address the world’s most pressing security concerns.
Minister Abela also attended former US Secretary of State John Kerry on “Global Threats: What is keeping people up at night?” and a discussion entitled “Climate Change and Security: Rethinking Multilateralism in a Divided World”. The foreign minister also participated in session discussions on the European Union, Transatlantic Co-operation and the implications of a shifting global order, security in Africa and the Middle East.
On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Abela held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Oman, Sudan and Armenia. During the meeting with Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Minister Abela, signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on political consultations between the two countries, according to the DOI press release.
Minister Abela was accompanied on this visit by Permanent Secretary Fiona Formosa and Malta’s Ambassador to Germany Albert Friggieri.