President George Vella this morning met with His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who is presently in Malta to attend the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe. The meeting came as a further reaffirmation of the excellent ties that exist between the two countries. The two interlocutors agreed on the important role that sports play in consolidating dialogue and solidarity among nations. The values of co-existence and unity were central to the exchanges, with both sides expressing an interest in cooperating and sharing of best practices in these fields.
The war in Ukraine and its impact on the global stage were discussed at length, with President Vella explaining that Malta’s neutrality has not stopped it from taking a categorical stance and to provide support and assistance to Ukraine. Instability in the Mediterranean region was addressed with great interest, with particular focus being placed on the latest developments in North Africa and the Middle East. The migration situation on the Central Mediterranean route was also raised.
President Vella was accompanied by Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg during this meeting.