The President of Malta

The President of Malta receives diplomatic credentials from new heads of mission

PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Three new diplomatic heads of mission presented their diplomatic credentials to President of Malta George Vella at Sant’Anton Palace.

The Ambassador of Mongolia, Narantungalag Tserejndorj, was the first to present her Letters of Credence to President George Vella. President Vella welcomed the long-standing bilateral relations between Malta and Mongolia, adding that there is ample room for cooperation, including in trade, education, and tourism. The President stated that Malta is also hopeful that relations between the EU and Mongolia will lead to greater economic cooperation, even on a bilateral level. In the same context, he added that the EU Indo-Pacific strategy would allow to further deepen the EU’s relations and lead to more cooperation in areas that include digital matters, maritime and economic security, and the international rules-based order.

The next to present his Letters of Credence was the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Duong Hai Hung. President Vella stated that Malta looks forward to continuing to collaborate on a multilateral level in areas of mutual interest through international frameworks such as the EU-Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), as well as the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Specifically, with regards to the European Union, the President added that Malta welcomes the long-term relationship established between the EU and Vietnam and will continue to support a deepening of cooperation between the two parties.

The third to present the Letters of Credence was the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, Tsovinar Hambardzumyan. The President observed that there remains ample potential that can be expanded upon by the two countries and expressed his hope for the successful outcomes of existing and new meaningful initiatives. He recalled the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Political Consultations signed in February 2019 as a very important step in this direction. Tangible areas of cooperation could include culture, trade, tourism and tertiary education through the University of Malta and the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies. 

During a luncheon with the new heads of mission, President George Vella encouraged them to further promote an increase in people-to-people dialogue.

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