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Newsline: U.S. Opens New Embassy in Malta in Security Upgrade

The United States has moved its embassy in Malta from a cramped apartment on the outskirts of the capital city Valletta to a new $125 million state-of-the art complex in a rural area in the center of the island. The move was intended for embassy officials to have bigger offices and a better working environment, but it was also deemed necessary for security purposes. An embassy press statement at the inauguration last week said that since the 1999 enactment of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counter-terrorism Act, the U.S. State Department has moved 24,000 people to safer facilities. This includes the new embassy in Ta’ Qali, built on 10 acres of land away from the main road in Floriana, just outside the gateway toValletta.




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