Having Curmi as her surname has helped her to have a better relationship with the Maltese
The new French Ambassador to Malta, Brigitte Curmi said that the political relationship between Malta and France has never been so good and she will be using the time she will spend on the Maltese islands to translate it in a concrete way into other sectors such as education, culture and the economy.
In comments to TVM during a visit to PBS, the French Ambassador said that the two countries have a common position on various sectors including immigration, the Mediterranean and Libya. She said that the relationship continued to be strengthened two months ago when Malta was accepted as an observer at the International Francophone Organisation.
When one hears the name of the new Ambassador, you assume she is Maltese or of Maltese origin.
However as soon as we met Brigitte Curmi she immediately told us that she had no links with Malta, however, she is very proud of her surname which is helping her to have a better relationship with the Maltese.
“My name is coming from Lebanese origin but I’m very pleased that this name is opening all the doors for me in Malta,” said Ambassador Curmi.
Brigitte Curmi has always worked in diplomacy with a long career in the Middle East and North Africa and for the last two years, she served as the French Ambassador for Libya.
This is the first European country she is serving in, and her main mission is to strengthen the excellent relations between the two peoples with an emphasis on the strengthening of their cultural and educational ties.
“Our relationship at the political level is wonderful it has never been as best as today but we have to translate it into society to know each other more”, she said.
It was for this reason that the French Ambassador chose to visit the national station, PBS because she said that it was important to bring the two countries closer together in collaboration with the French national TV station.
Ambassador Curmi said that in July a diplomatic agreement was signed between the two countries which she will ensure will be adhered to, while she wishes to see an improvement in their economic links, especially in the tourism sector.
“There are almost 200,000 French visiting Malta each year, you are only 20,000 which is not enough for me and for my country so we hope to attract more Maltese in France because our country is beautiful and have many to offer,” said the Ambassador.
France is geographically more than 2000 times larger than Malta and is the fourth largest trading partner with the Maltese islands. STMicroelectronics which has 50% Italian ownership and 50% French ownership exports more than one third of all Malta’s exports while the French company in the field of shipping transport, CMA CGM operates the Freeport.