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In his address to the IIEA, Foreign Minister Abela draws comparisons between Ireland and Malta, arguing that our two countries can learn from each other and work together to achieve a more united Europe and a safer world. Minister Abela discusses the high value that each country attaches to effective multilateralism, made evident by their respective bids for a seat on the UN Security Council. He makes the case that multilateralism is an important mechanism not only for solving major world problems, such as the crises in Syria and Libya, but also for allowing small countries to play a role in EU relations with North American and African nations.

This event was part of the Future of the EU27 Project, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.






About the Speaker:

Minister Carmelo Abela was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta in June 2017, having previously served as Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. He was first elected to the Maltese Parliament in 1996, and has since led a distinguished political career in which he has also served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Whip of the Government Parliamentary Group and Government Spokesman. He is a member of the Malta Labour Party, which is part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament.