Secretary General meets Maltese Prime Minister in Valletta
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Maltese Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat on Wednesday (26 April 2017) in Valletta, kicking off a two-day visit to Malta. The meeting was the first ever between a NATO Secretary General and a Prime Minister of Malta.
The Secretary General and Prime Minister Muscat discussed NATO’s relations with Malta and security challenges of mutual concern, including maritime security. Mr. Stoltenberg stressed NATO’s full respect for Malta’s policy of neutrality. He also thanked the Maltese government for their work, as holder of the EU Presidency, to strengthen NATO-EU relations. Malta’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Vella, and the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Carmelo Abela, also participated in the meeting.
On Thursday, the Secretary General will participate in an informal meeting of European Union Defence Ministers in Valletta, before departing on an official visit to Italy.