Last updated: 18 October, 2011

Clinton in Malta for talks with PM over Libya

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Malta Tuesday for talks on the situation in Libya with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, according to official sources.

Clinton arrived at 2:30am (0030 GMT) and was met by Malta’s Foreign Minister Tonio Borg. She was due to meet Gonzi at 10:00am before releasing a statement to the press, the prime minister’s office said.

The Mediterranean island state is the closest European country to Libya and has been a centre for humanitarian aid efforts and the evacuation of workers from the strife-torn country.

Malta recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate government of the Libyan people on August 23.