Tunisia supports initiative to host 5 + 5 meeting in Malta

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jun 30, 2010

Malta’s initiative to host the 5+5 meeting in Malta next year is gaining popularity as Tunisia has expressed its support together with Libya and Italy.

This has been announced during visit by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tonio Borg in Tunisia last week. Deputy Prime Minister was received by President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s and both sides discussed matters related to the Mediterranean Region, Europe and the two countries excellent bi-lateral relations.

During the 5+5 meeting, heads of Governments meet to discuss the future of the Mediterranean zone. The 5+5 is made up of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Algiers, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya. The 5+5 meetings offer a means of informal political dialogue between countries on both sides of the Mediterranean, although 2 of the countries involved – Portugal and Mauritania – have no Mediterranean coast.

During talks on the Euro- Mediterranean co-operation, as part of the "5+5 Dialogue" and the Union for the Mediterranean as well, it was announced that Tunisia is supporting Malta to host the summit of Heads of State of the 5+5 next year.

The meeting also provided the opportunity to look at relations between Tunisia and the European Union.

Dr Tonio Borg also spoke of the Maltese Prime Minister's expected visit to Tunisia and preparations for it so that this visit takes place as soon as possible.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Malta's ambassador in Tunis.