Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Malta to host the Alliance of Civilisations regional ministerial meeting

"Malta will host the first regional conference for the Mediterranean of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations on November 8 and 9.

The meeting will witness the participation of 49 countries, including Malta, and another 17 organisations.

The ministers of foreign affairs of Spain, Turkey and Egypt - Miguel Moratinos, Ahmet Davutoglu and Ahmed Abul Gheit, respectively, are expected to participate. In the first half of next year, Malta intends to host the second summit of the Western Mediterranean Forum known as the 5+5.

Head of States of the member countries will be present.

These include France’s Sarkozy, Libya’s Gheddafi and Italy’s Berlusconi.

The convening of this summit, the second of its sort in seven years, should among others serve to reaffirm the relevance of the 5+5 dialogue in the present-day context. Malta continues to attach great value to this informal mechanism, as a platform for open and frank discussion between north and south " Link

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