Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu met on Tuesday his Maltese counterpart George Vella for talks on topics such as migration, Brexit, the situation in the region and developments in the eastern neighborhood, with a focus on the situation in Moldova and the need to support its reform efforts in view of a much-desired EU integration.
The agenda of the meeting also included talks on developments in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent to Agerpres, a topic of particular interest was Malta’s taking over of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2017.
“The two ministers agreed to establish a mechanism for consultation and exchange of experience in view to prepare the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2019,” the statement informs.
The two officials also agreed that the current migration crisis requires more efforts from the European Union to reduce the migratory pressure, including by means of enhanced cooperation with Turkey and by implementing the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan.
MAE stated that both parties brought to mind the importance to combat the profound causes of migration in finding a sustainable solution for the migration crisis, by means of an efficient implementation of EU’s development policies and by stabilizing conflicts that triggered the migration waves.
“During talks the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the EU must remain united in supporting a firm policy of engagement in the Eastern vicinity and reaffirmed Romania’s support for Moldova towards advancing along the European path and in regards to internal reform projects. Referring to the UK-EU relations, Minister Lazar Comanescu highlighted the vital importance for the future of the EU of a result in favor of keeping the UK within the Union at the 23 June 2016 UK referendum,” the statement reads.