The President of Malta

Introductory remarks by His Excellency George Vella, President of Malta, on the occasion of the Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Awards 2021, Hilton Malta Conference Award, 26 Feb 2022

Honourable Minister,

Chairperson of the Executive Council,

Chairperson of the Planning Board,

Distinguished Guests,

This is my first occasion to be present and speak in a public event since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

As many amongst you would know, I have already released a statement condemning military action and aggression and recommending a return to the discussion table and following the path of diplomacy.

I have also sent messages to President Volodymyr Zelensky (whom I have met on various occasions) expressing my full solidarity, on behalf of the People of Malta, with the Government and the People of Ukraine, as well as expressing my full sympathy to His Excellency.

I fervently ask you to keep in mind the People of Ukraine, and the suffering they are being subjected to, even while we celebrate awarding recognition of achievements in architectural and spatial planning in Malta during 2021.

I thank you.

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