‘It had been one of those occasions when politics did not count for anything, and only the country mattered’ – Dr Muscat
Former Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Joseph Muscat has confirmed in a post on Facebook that on the Libya issue of ten years ago, when he had been Opposition Leader, the Opposition at the time had supported the decision by the Government led by Lawrence Gonzi.
Dr Muscat wrote that “it had been one of those occasions when politics did not count for anything, and only the country mattered.”
Former Prime Minister Gonzi had stated in an interview on TVM that at the time he had consulted with Joseph Muscat as Leader of the Opposition, and Dr Muscat had told him he understood the difficulty of the situation and would be fully supporting the decisions which the Government of the time would take.
Dr Muscat added on Facebook that “fortunately, all ended well, and today we can debate on what would have been best for Malta, for Libya and for the Mediterranean, with a thousand armchair experts theorising, but the decision at the time needed to be taken.”
Dr Muscat added that at the time there were those who had told him he was not criticising the Nationalist Party sufficiently on this issue, but he stressed that a positive attitude is one that is more beneficial in the long term.
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