President Vella speaks about his vision during meeting with the Opposition
President George Vella resumed with explaining his vision during a courtesy visit by the Opposition parliamentary group, led by Opposition Leader Adrian Delia.
President Vella expressed his regret for the killing of Ivory Coast migrant, saying that he hopes that this is not a racism or xenophobic case against migrants. Referring to the conflict in Libya, the President appealed for a political solution.
President Vella added that he will practice the confidence shown by the Government and the Nationalist Party in Opposition with the aim of improving the citizens’ quality of life. He said that parliamentary members should show seriousness and be well prepared to achieve respect by the people. The country has a lot of challenges ahead which cannot be ignored, he stated.
The President said that his duty is to speak with Government and Opposition members so that they will be the moral compass of the country. He stated that Malta is facing challenges from abroad and inside the country. On the Ivory Coast migrant murder, President Vella said any murder is awful and expressed the hope that this was not the result of racism or xenophobia.
Referring to the situation in Libya, the President expressed his concern and the hope that a political, and not a military, solution is achieved. Due to this conflict, he said, Libyans are already escaping from Tripoli. He added that the conflict may lead to many Libyans leaving their country towards Europe, adding that he was even in contact with Maltese bishop George Bugeja who is in Tripoli.
Opposition leader, Adrian Delia, also expressed his concern on the Libya situation and its possible effects on Malta. He stressed that the country needs to be prepared for any eventuality. He stated that he is proud that the President is of the same opinion as the Opposition because he cherishes the value of life. Dr Delia said that he is certain that President Vella will work to improve the quality of life of the people, mostly of vulnerable persons.