Foreign Affairs Ministry in Athens for diplomatic talks to strengthen cooperation
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Foreign Affairs Ministry in Athens for diplomatic talks to strengthen cooperation

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 27, 2022

During a visit to the Greek capital, Athens, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, Mr Christopher Cutajar, met with his Greek counterpart, Secretary General at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Themistoklis Demiris. Discussions were held on bilateral issues and on ways to enhance the already positive and vibrant relations between the two countries. Throughout the meeting, regional matters, including the war in Ukraine, Libya and the Western Balkans, and cooperation in multilateral fora, were also discussed. Both countries share a common position on numerous issues such as migration, being part of the Mediterranean group within the European Union. Both sides agreed that the Mediterranean should not be overlooked but should be a priority. Stability and security in the region is key for a stable Europe, especially in view of the current issues in relation to food and energy security.


Following this extensive meeting, Mr Cutajar visited the Maltese embassy in Athens where he met the Maltese officials based in the Greek capital, including the Maltese Ambassador to Greece, H.E. Joseph Cuschieri. Maritime affairs were also discussed with officials from the Malta Ship Registry Office.


The visit ended with a lecture given by Mr Cutajar at the University of Piraeus, to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Department of International and European Studies. The lecture focused on the relevance of neutrality in times of increased polarisation and war. The lecture attracted the interest of the students who were keen to learn more about the particular positioning of Malta’s neutrality within the European Union. Mr Cutajar noted that while being debated, neutrality is perhaps now relevant more than ever. Mr Cutajar highlighted that neutrality is an active enabler of peace over the use of force, and that through its policy of active neutrality, Malta continues to pursue peace and dialogue.