Before the start of the Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met and discussed for almost an hour and after that they spent a little time admiring a stupendous view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Macron was the first Leader to arrive at Castille for the Summit to be welcomed by PM Muscat.
The PM said he was much looking forward to hear and exchange views including matters that concern the EU as well as the Libyan situation. President Macron spoke of immigration and the need of cooperation between countries as well as the management of other aspects that concern the countries of Southern Europe, including the Libyan situation.
Later, the two Leaders walked the short distance to the Upper Barrakka Gardens which enabled Macron to admire the view of the Grand Harbour while he spoke privately to PM Muscat. After, the French President accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela, visited Palazzo Parisio, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where in 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte had spent six days in his short stop-over in Malta before continuing his voyage to Egypt.