Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo stated that the Sahel Coalition should provide greater visibility and effectiveness to assistance intended for the security and stability of the Sahel region.
Minister Bartolo said this during his participation in a ministerial video-conference meeting of the Coalition of the Sahel that was held on 12 June 2020, which served to set up a Partnership for Security and Stability in the Sahel.
Bartolo said that the instability in Libya and the Sahel region has an adverse impact on the Mediterranean and Europe.
“It is therefore in our collective interest to keep the Mali Peace Process, together with regionalism and migration, as one of the main priorities in the Sahel,” stated Minister Bartolo.
In his intervention, the minister also underlined that financing of terrorists through smuggling, trafficking and other criminal activities undermined the ongoing social and developmental efforts by the international community to ensure security and stability in the Sahel region.
The most effective way to counter terrorism is by empowering the rule of law and strengthening the judiciary, explained Minister Bartolo.
Malta is addressing this through the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), which it hosts.
Minister Evarist Bartolo added that the Sahel plays an important role in the security of Libya and vice-versa.
The instability in these regions has an adverse effect on the Mediterranean and Europe. In this context, it is our collective interest to keep the Mali Peace Process, together with regionalism and migration, as one of the main priorities in the Sahel, appealed the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo.