At the end of the coming week Malta will be hosting the 5+5 Dialogue meeting. More commonly known as the dialogue meeting of western Mediterranean states, the 5+5 is an informal meeting that brings together countries with a Mediterranean shoreline, that is, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain on the European side, Mauretania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya on the North African side.
Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said Malta had taken the responsibility of co-presidency to represent the upper shores for a period of two years, a year ago when a meeting was held. He said the points to be discussed include migration, the Middle East peace process, the situation in Libya and climate changes.
Abela said the dialogue is taking place because the Mediterranean area is Malta’s foreign affairs focus as a means of creating peace, stability and the region’s future sustainability. The Minister said the aims of Dialogue 5+5 are to assure greater cooperation between the southern region of European countries and the Maghreb nations.
Minister Abela and Heads of Delegation attending will be meeting youths who will be attending a seminar organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation which is co-financed by the EU Commission.