Cyprus–Malta relations

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Cypriot-Maltese relations
Map indicating locations of Cyprus and Malta

Cyprus

Malta

Cypriot–Maltese relations are foreign relations between Cyprus and Malta. The two countries share membership of the European Union and Commonwealth of Nations. Cyprus is represented to Malta through its accredited embassy in Rome (Italy). Malta is represented to Cyprus through its accredited embassy in Athens (Greece). The political relations are close due to similarities between the 2 countries (on historical, economical and regional). By May 2004, the two island countries, along with the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Slovenia and the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) entered the European Union.

History[edit]

The Knights of St John had a long history on Cyprus before retreating to Malta, and even then they were a major force in the Mediterannean. In 2005, Malta's High Commissioner for Cyprus Saviour John Balzan pledged support for the reunification of Cyprus to Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.[1]

The excellent relations between Cyprus and Malta, as well as the need to further promote the two countries’ Mediterranean dimension were among the issues that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou discussed with the President of Malta Edward Fenech-Adami. Kyprianou was received by the President of Malta in the framework of his visit to the country between 20 and 21 July 2008. During the meeting, the wish of both countries to further enhance their relations and to promote issues of common interest was ascertained. Kyprianou also briefed the President of Malta on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem.

During the talks that Kyprianou had with his counterpart Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta Tonio Borg, the establishment of a joint Cyprus -Malta diplomatic representation in Ramallah was agreed. The goal of the two sides is for the agreement to be implemented by the end of 2008. It was also agreed for the diplomatic services of Malta to share the premises of the Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Cyprus in Tel Aviv.

The two Ministers also discussed the issue of illegal immigration, one of the greatest problems the two countries are facing due to their geographical position.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony D. Gatt, "Malta pledges support for Cypriot reunification," Malta Media (Feb 13, 2005).

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