It is a pleasure for me to address you as you celebrate the 245th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the United States of America.
The Republic Malta and the United States of America established formal diplomatic relations almost fifty seven years ago. Our friendship however, dates back to the very same event we are celebrating today, when Malta was still under the control of the Knights of St John.
This friendship continuted throughout the years. In the post World War II period a Maltese diaspora, our third largest, settled in the United States of America. Thank you for giving them the chance to lead a better quality of life, while contributing to the success of your country.
The United States has always symbolised hope and freedom. These beliefs need to be transcended in various multilateral fora. Now, more than ever, we need to strenghten such fora and the message of hope they bring within them. We all have an obligation to build a culture of peace and spread optimisim. As we are still coming to terms with the effects of a global pandemic, we have to realise the importance of environmental and health protection.
In this regard, joint efforts towards ensuring equal access to anti-Covid-19 vaccines to every one around the globe, as well as, providing tangible proposals for limting climate change, are but small steps in restoring hope for a better future.
Other global challenges also need a joint global response. These include accellerating the implementation of measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030, addressing ecological threats and an ever increasing humanitarian crisis, and future proofing multilateral structures.
With the USA, we share the same concerns and commitment to ensure our security by being militant against terrorism, contraband, money laundering, human trafficking and all forms of extreemism.
Malta is also aiming to contribute through diplomatic means, if elected to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent Member for 2023 and 2024, to promote peace, prosperity, democracy and rule of law. With these thoughts, I want to send my best wishes to His Excellency Joseph Biden, President of the United States of America, to the People of the United States of America, and to the American People here in Malta, wishing everyone a safe and joyfoul celebration of this 245th Anniversary of Independence.