Ambassador of the Czech Republic Jan Kohout presented his letters of credence to President George Vella at the Grandmaster’s Palace, Valletta.
President Vella started off the meeting by observing that the long-standing relations between Malta and the Czech Republic have developed successfully at the bilateral level as well as on international platforms. As a firm believer in multilateralism, Malta looks forward to working together with Czech Republic in the several international and regional fora, especially within the European Union and the United Nations to further consolidate and strengthen relations.
Ambassador Kohout explained that he intends to intensify bilateral relations especially from the trade and cultural aspects. Malta is a very attractive tourism destination for Czech visitors thanks to its unique cultural heritage. From the cultural perspective, the Ambassador mentioned the potential for exchanges between Prague and Valletta, in light of their very prominent baroque characteristics. Ambassador Kohout complimented Malta on its tenure as non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council for the term 2023-2024.
The Russian war in Ukraine was raised, with particular focus on the effects it has had on the displacement of the Ukrainian population.