With important events abound in Malta for November 2015, Malta’s government declares its addition of defence assets to support Malta’s security operation for the Valletta Summit on Migration and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM).
According to the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“There are no known specific threats for these events and these measures are precautionary.”
The Ministry said the agreement signified the “enduring ties and shared interests as members of the EU” for both UK and Malta.
What Is the Valletta Summit and CHOGM 2015?
The Valletta Summit
With an unexpected number of migrants persecuted or fleeing from war in Africa and the Middle East, the EU has chosen to confront the numbers and take in the refugees with an integrated and co-operative system.
The Valletta Summit on Migration to be held on November this year will address the migration flow challenges, urging governments of the world to collaborate and create efforts to overcome the challenges mass migration, religious persecution and even climate change brings.”
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Before the Paris Summit would be the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The CHOGM would discuss issues on democracy, human rights, good governance, free trade, global development and world peace. The CHOGM is held every two years.
UK and Malta Relations
Malta was once a British colony in history. In the 50s and 60s, Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom and occasionally, the two countries are not economically linked or collaborating.
With the upcoming international events to be held in Malta, the United Kingdom steps up its support for security for its own personnel.