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Press Statement by the Vice President during his visit to Malta

September 17, 2018

Your Excellency President Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca,

I thank you for your kind words. I am delighted to visit your beautiful country.I take this opportunity to thank you for warm reception and the excellent hospitality extended to me and my delegation.

Diplomatic relations between our countries were established soon after the independence of Malta.

Ever since then, our relations have always been warm and friendly and India is very keen to further strengthen bilateral ties. We see Malta as one of our most trusted partners within the EU.

In order to work more closely with your government towards further strengthening the relationship, we have reopened our resident Mission in Malta.

India and Malta are growing at a steady pace. If we can work together, we can certainly grow faster.Both our economies are complimentary and technology based. We need to bolster our relationship with far more substantive cooperation on the economic, scientific and technological, human resource development fronts. You can take the advantage of India’s highly skilled professionals in the field of IT, financial services, health, pharmaceuticals, transport, freight and tourism.

India today is one of the main sources of affordable generic drugs in the world. Malta can consider collaboration in this sector. We can also cooperate in the use of the ancient sciences of yoga and ayurveda to promote wellness. Malta may like to take advantage of India’s advancement in affordable, quality healthcare facilities.

In this context, the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) namely; (i) MoU on Maritime Cooperation between Ministry of Shipping, India and Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Malta; (ii) MoU on Mutual Cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute, India and The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, and (iii) MoU in the field of Tourism Cooperation between India and Malta mark a good beginning in creating a modern, enabling framework for enhancing relations between our countries.

Easier facilitation of visa promotes people-to-people contact and business. Our governments should work towards facilitating easy mobility of professionals on both sides. I strongly believe this will certainly go a long way in further strengthening the ties and accelerate progress and growth in both our countries.

On behalf of my government, I convey our gratitude to Malta for the assistance provided in the evacuation of Indians from Libya.

Terrorism is one of the foremost threats to international peace and security. We resolved to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to strengthen cooperation in fight against terrorism at various international forums. It is a global challenge that requires a global response. We invite the entire world community to come together, speak with one voice and fight this menace of terror together. It’s an enemy of mankind.

We are happy that both our countries have been lending support for each other’s candidates at various multilateral forums.

I will also be meeting the Hon’ble Speaker of the House of Representative of Malta, Acting Prime Minister and Hon’ble Minister for Economy as well as the Leader of Opposition of Malta. I will also be interacting with India-Malta Business Forum with representatives from both the countries.

Our meetings, I am confident, your excellency, will contribute to mutual understanding and help in taking bilateral relations to even higher levels.

On this occasion I would like to convey my best wishes to people of our friendly country Malta for the upcoming National Day of Malta.

I would once again like to thank President Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality. I also extend warm greetings for the progress and prosperity of the people of Malta. India looks forward to cooperation with Malta to further strengthen the traditional bonds of friendship with Malta and its people.

Thank You


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