ONCE again The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia have set off on overseas travel to drum up support for Gibraltar and this time, they arrived in Malta late on the afternoon of July 27 for a short visit where amongst others they met Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Mr Picardo had the opportunity to brief Mr Muscat on the latest developments following the outcome of the European Union referendum that took place in June. This included an explanation of the policy of the government to explore every available option following the 96 per cent vote to remain in the EU that was recorded in Gibraltar.
The Gibraltar delegation which, in addition to the chief minister and the deputy chief minister, includes the Attorney General Michael Llamas and UK representative Dominique Searle, also met the Minister for Foreign Affairs George Vella, the Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna and the chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority, Joe Bannister.
There is a long and historic relationship between the people of Gibraltar and the people of Malta. One of the largest components in the formation of the Gibraltarian identity is precisely the Maltese element, something that is reflected in the high proportion of Maltese surnames that can be found in Gibraltar today.
Following the meetings Mr Picardo said “I am very grateful to the government of Malta who have extended every hospitality to me and my team. We have explored the development of commercial and economic links between Gibraltar and Malta. There is a long and historic relationship between our two nations which we want to progress further and which we trust will extend to all areas of commercial activity where mutual benefit can be established.”