The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Tony Raful Tejada, presented his Letters of Credence to President George Vella at San Anton Palace, Attard.
In welcoming the Ambassador to Malta, President Vella stated that despite the geographical distance, Malta values the cordial diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic and positively looks at the possibility of exploring new areas for bilateral cooperation. Relations can also be intensified through regional cooperation frameworks such as those between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the CARIFORUM-EU Partnership Agreement. President Vella referred to Malta’s upcoming tenure as non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council and highlighted the priorities that will be addressed during the 2023-2024 term.
Ambassador Tejada expressed his willingness to work on effective bilateral arrangements and agreements through which relations with Malta can be structured. Malta’s geostrategic position and its rich historical and cultural heritage could be of great interest for commercial and touristic exchanges. The Ambassador explained that like Malta, the tourism sector, is a major contributor to his country’s economy adding also that economic growth figures are among the most encouraging in the region. Relations with neighbouring Haiti were elaborated upon by the Ambassador, focussing primarily on the aspects of security and migration.