Strengthen Malta's bilateral relations; in particular relations with its immediate neighbours bilateral relations remain essential to Malta's foreign policy. Bilateral diplomacy remains the most vital tool for states to communicate with one another. In its bilateral relations, Malta will continue to take into account and, where appropriate or required, follow European Union positions on international issues.
Bilateral diplomacy is also crucial within the EU as Common European Positions are the end result of positions taken in the capitals of Member States. Malta will continue to participate actively in this procedure which aids the gradual emergence of common positions taking account of particular interests of affected individual member states.
Malta will also continue to work to strengthen bilateral relations particularly in Europe and in the Mediterranean and with other countries with whom relations are strategic and/or historic. Malta will also develop a special focus on the economic potential of the Central Mediterranean Area.