Egypt opened its first embassy in Malta on Thursday, (II Jan.). Representatives of many of?
LV Road leading to Egyptian Embassy
MV Egyptian flag PAN DOWN to sign "Egyptian Embassy"
MV U.K. High Commissioner and wife enter, greeted by Egyptian Ambassador Morte Gui
CU Egyptian Ambassador
CU Mrs. Kamal
CU Egyptian Charge d'Affairs Kamal
MV Chinese Ambassador Liu Pu enters
MUC Maltese Labour Minister and wife enter
CU Borg Oliver enters and greeted
CU Libyan Ambassador enters and greeted
CU Maltese Governor and wife greeted
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Background: Egypt opened its first embassy in Malta on Thursday, (II Jan.). Representatives of many of the nations already represented appeared at the official opening to great the new Ambassador, Mostafa Morte Gui.
The Ambassador is to be non-resident ont he island -- actually living in Rome. Day to day activities in Malta will be handled by Samir Mohammed Kamal, the Embassy's charge d'affaires.
The opening of the Embassy is an indication of the closer relations Malta, and its tough Premier, Dom Mintoff, are fostering with the Arab States.
The new cordiality can be dated from Malta's disagreement with NATO and Britain last year over rent for military bases on the island.
Recently Mr. Mintoff made a surprise visit to Libya, and although no statements were made, it was assumed he was asking for Libyan aid.
Among these greeting the new Egyptian Ambassador were ??? ??? Ambassador of The People's Republic of China, Malta's Governor Sir Anthony Mame and his wife, Libya's Ambassador Abdussattur Thulthi, Mr. Borg Oliver, leader of the Maltese Opposition, and Sir Duncan Watson, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Malta.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt opened its new Embassy in Malta on Thursday when that Ambassador, Mostafa Morte Gui, and his staff greeted members of the Maltese diplomatic corps. The new embassy is an indication of Malta's increasing closeness to Arab nations.
Sir Duncan Watson, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Malta, was among the first to pay respects to ambassador Gui. Also receiving guests was Mrs. Kamal, wife of Samir Mohammed Kamal, the Embassy charge d'affaires.
Liu Pu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China was another of the many foreign and Maltese dignitaries who attended to mark the opening.
The opening of the new Egyptian Embassy closely follows the recent visit of Maltese Premier Dom Mintoff to Libya for talks with Libyan President colonel Mu'ammar Gaddafi. Colonel Gaddafi's offer of a 13 million pound loan, backed Mintoff last year in nis dispute with Britain and NATO over increased rant for bases on the island. Malta is believed to be keen on obtaining aid from various arab countries.