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Gonzi’s recollections on Libya launched in book

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‘Gonzi and Malta’s break with Gaddafi.  Recollections of a Premier’ was launched during a ceremony presided by the President of Malta, George Abela.

Dr Lawrence Gonzi spoke about Malta’s key role in the Libyan revolution and thanked all the Maltese workers who went the extra mile, by also risking their lives, to support the struggle for democracy by the Libyan people.  On the book being launched, Dr Gonzi said that “This book had to be written. Notwithstanding the thousands of victims, the brutality, the horror  that comes with every conflict – it is still a story worth recording and recounting because it describes how a small island state, strategically placed in the centre of the Mediterranean, was once again able to make the right choice even if the price for that choice could have been terribly high.”

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, former Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya, was the guest of honour.  In a deeply inspiring speech, Mr Jalil showered words of praise for Malta and all the people who worked throughout the Libyan crisis under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.  Mr Jalil spoke about Dr Gonzi’s determination to assist the revolution in heralding a new era for Libya. 

In his speech, the author of the book, Dr Joseph Cassar, spoke about the values and principled decisions that Dr Lawrence Gonzi took as Prime Minister during those turbulent months.

Col. Al Rabti, one of the two Mirage jet pilots who defected to Malta, was also in attendance.

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