Monday, August 24, 2009



League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, left, shares a word with EU policy chief Javier Solana, right, at the European Union - Arab League, Ministerial Meeting Malta 2008 in , St. Julian's, Monday Feb. 11, 2008, LINK

The Arab League will establish a "liaison centre" in Malta to guarantee a long-term relationship and develop Arabic translation, the EU Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, was quoted as saying by the Kuwait News Agency. She was speaking in Cairo where former Foreign Minister Michael Frendo was special guest of the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, at a joint European Commission-Arab League cultural event at the historic Cairo Opera House. The event was jointly hosted with Ms Ferrero-Waldner and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Both Mr Moussa and Ms Ferrero-Waldner said the idea of the event developed as a result of the Malta initiative that led to the first ministerial meeting in Malta on February 11-12, 2008. They described the Malta meeting as "a cornerstone for enhanced Euro-Arab relations", adopting a platform to develop further avenues of cooperation between the League of Arab States and its member states and the EU and its member states.
Mr Moussa thanked Dr Frendo for the Malta initiative "for which he worked so hard and which he successfully achieved with great success". He said the Malta initiative "has come to complement the Union for the Mediterranean".  LINK

"Spanish King Juan Carlos I is expected to visit Malta in November, the first time a Spanish king has visited the island in some 400 years.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is also expected to pay an official visit to Malta in October.

The EU-Arab League liaison centre was expected to open in Malta in October 2009.

Maltese Foreign minister Dr Borg said the liaison centre would be housed in the former Malta Council for Economic and Social Development office (farmer: this is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, LINK), close to the police headquarters. According to Dr Borg, the opening date was still to be confirmed and both EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, would be attending.He defended the government's decision to enter the Partnership For Peace, saying that this would not only lead to training opportunities for the armed forces but also to a better position for Malta during EU defence meetings. LINK

"Malta Communiqué" (EU- League of Arab States Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting) (11.02.08)

What lead to the "Malta Communiqué"? - The "Malta Initiative" - It was the first ever EU-Arab League summit in February 2008, opened by Javier Solana: "Inter-cultural dialogue, global warming, energy security, immigration and economic, social and political development are on the agenda for the talks, according to Maltese Foreign Minister Michael Frendo.The ministers are also expected to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories and the Middle East peace process.
Bringing together these two worlds in Malta is in itself a political message in favour of the politics of moderation and against extremism and division," Frendo told AFP last week.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was to open the talks Monday, when the participants were to have a working dinner, to be followed by another meeting Tuesday morning." LINK

 A second foreign ministers’ meeting is planned in Istanbul before the end of year, while a second summit of heads of State and government might take place under the Spanish EU presidency (2010). Dr. Borg said "Other proposals also deserve careful review – such as Israeli President Shimon Peres’ idea for a ‘provisional’ Palestinian State and the recent suggestion by Javier Solana, the EU’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, that if no solution emerges within a reasonable period of time, the UN Security Council should impose a two-State peace settlement. " from: "Malta’s evolving Mediterranean outreach" Vanya Walker-Leigh 30 July 2009

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