According to a recent MoD press release, the UK will contribute defence assets to support Malta in security operations.

In response to a request from the Maltese Government, the UK will contribute Defence assets to support Malta’s security operation for the Valletta Summit on migration and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015.

There are no known specifics just yet.

The UK’s support to the Maltese security operation demonstrates the close and constructive relationship between Malta and the UK, as a result of our enduring ties and shared interests as members of the EU and the Commonwealth.

Malta was once part of the British Empire. In 1814, as part of the Treaty of Paris Malta officially became a part of the British Empire and was used as a shipping way station and fleet headquarters. After the Suez Canal opened in 1869, Malta’s position halfway between the Strait of Gibraltar and Egypt proved to be its main asset and it was considered an important stop on the way to India.

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