A joint press statement was issued this afternoon between the government of Malta and the government of the United States of America, stressing that the two countries had great relations.
“Any allegations to the contrary, including those implying lack of trust in key individuals in the government, are false and have absolutely no impact on our friendship and close collaboration,” the two governments said.
The statement is likely to be reaction to claims that suspected fuel smuggler Darren Debono, alleged in an Italian court that officials from the United States embassy asked him for information about Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his chief of staff Keith Schembri, in exchange for lifting US sanctions on him.
“Our bilateral relations have been consistently strong and continue to go from strength to strength. We work together in a very transparent and honest manner, from economic and financial engagement, to cultural and educational exchanges, political consultation, and regional security and law enforcement cooperation,” the joint statement began.
“Over the past three years, we have seen significant growth in our partnership with security and law enforcement elements along with cooperation against common threats to our countries. We are partners in finding solutions to issues of global transnational importance and Central Mediterranean security such as weapons proliferation, climate change, energy security, trafficking in drugs and persons, transnational crime, migration, and protecting our borders,” it added.