The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York where he focused mainly on migration. The summit was organised to mark 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth. In his address, Muscat stressed that the conference was not only paying tribute to Mandela’s birth, but also to the values he had upheld, saying that more importance needs to be given to sustainable development, conflict resolution, and peace-building and increase the effort to prevent wars and alleviate poverty.
Muscat outlined the values which were embodied by Mandela, reconciliation over revenge, cooperation over conflict, hope over hatred. He said that the Maltese showed a strong sign of unity in their approach towards the refugee and migrant exodus saying that the phenomenon still needs to be managed.
The Prime Minister also attended a meeting organized by the American Prime Minister Donald Trump dubbed Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. Muscat is in New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations.