Ambassador of Malta to Germany meets the Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Representative of the State of Hesse in Berlin

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Nov 27, 2020
 
On the 25th November 2020, Dr Vanni Xuereb, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Federal Republic of Germany, paid a courtesy visit to Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Representative of the State of Hesse in Berlin. This marks the first of a series of meetings that Ambassador Xuereb is undertaking to establish contacts with the representatives of the 16 German federal states and explore possible areas of cooperation with these regions. The state of Hesse is home to around 6.3 million inhabitants, making it the 5th largest federal state in terms of population. It hosts the city of Frankfurt am Main, one of the world’s most important financial, industrial and exhibition centre. 
 
During this meeting, they had an exchange of views on Malta’s and Germany’s experiences in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both agreed on the importance of solidarity and multilateralism when it comes to tackling such a challenge, also in relation to the need for a just distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.  They also talked about irregular migration and agreed on the need to find a consensus at EU level on the reform of the Common European and Asylum System. The future relations between the EU and the UK were also discussed. They expressed their confidence in the Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his team, and agreed on the importance of having a close relationship with the UK, whilst implementing the Withdrawal Agreement and protecting the Single Market. At the end of the meeting, Ms Puttrich invited Ambassador Xuereb to visit the federal state of Hesse once the travel conditions permit. During this meeting, Ambassador Xuereb was accompanied by Ms Sephora Gauci, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Malta in Berlin.

Ambassador Dr Vanni Xuereb and Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Representative of the State of H