‘Daphne’s murder overshadows achievements’
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca addressed members of the diplomatic corps during the exchange of New Year’s greetings at the Palace in Valletta. She said the “dark cloud” brought about by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing overshadowed last year’s economic and civil liberties achievements. Dr Coleiro Preca welcomed the defeat in 2017 of populist parties and candidates in the EU and expressed her deep regret at the humanitarian crisis in Syria. She also expressed concern at the escalation of tensions between the US and North Korea.
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