Three new diplomatic mission heads presented their diplomatic credentials to President of Malta George Vella at Sant’Anton Palace.
The Ambassador of the Russian Federation Andrey Georgievich Lopukhov was the first to present his Letters of Credence to President George Vella.
President Vella welcomed the long-established and traditionally warm relations between the two countries. While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the momentum in sectors such as commerce, tourism, and English language learning in Malta, there is ample commitment to bring exchanges to pre-pandemic levels. Ambassador Georgievich gave an overview to President Vella on his plans to intensify cooperation on all bilateral dossiers, mentioning agreements that are under negotiation as well as tourism as two priorities.
Next to present her Letters of Credence was the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation Monika Schmutz Kirgöz
President Vella referred to Malta’s intention to advance relations between Malta and Switzerland on various levels for the benefit of both sides. In particular, Malta looks forward to further collaborating with Switzerland in view of the two countries’ shared ambition to form part of the United Nations Security Council between 2023 and 2024, should they be elected to this prestigious UN organ in elections for non-permanent seats in 2022. Ambassador Schmutz Kirgöz stated that Malta and Switzerland share a common vision of international affairs and agreed that the UN Security Council bid for the term 2023-2024 will be an excellent platform for the two countries to contribute effectively to global multilateralism.
The third to present Letters of Credence was the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerbolat Sembayev.
President Vella congratulated Kazakhstan on its 30th anniversary since obtaining independence on 16 December 1991. He conveyed Malta’s willingness to explore new avenues for cooperation, and to ensure successful outcomes of existing and new initiatives for cooperation. Reference was also made to Kazakhstan’s commitment to the COP 26 outcomes and its broader vision on sustainable development. On his part, Ambassador Sembayev gave a thorough overview of the political and economic reforms underway in his country, a process that is intended to strengthen democratization on all fronts. From the bilateral angle, the ambassador highlighted exchanges of students especially in the sector of English language teaching.