“Ending this chapter should be our main priority” – President Vella

DOI - Kevin Abela

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

President George Vella said that putting an end to the chapter our country is going through should be our main priority. This was said in his speech while addressing the Diplomatic Corps Assigned to Malta in Verdala Palace.

The President explained that in the nine months he has served as President, Malta experienced many beautiful things, but also occurrences that left a negative impact on the country. He stated that he wants to close this worrying chapter, and for justice to prevail. “I am convinced that this process is at the top of the new Prime Minister’s agenda.” 

Vella noted that the Maltese people did not give up its values which lie at the heart of society, such as the dedication to work, honesty, tolerance, inclusion and democratic life. 

“The situation in Libya should be put on the international agenda”

During his speech, the President also spoke about the problems different countries are facing. With regards to Libya, he claimed that their problems should be put on the international agenda, and not tackled by them alone. President Vella insisted that the world can not wait for another violent attack, as until then, it may be too late.

The President highlighted that immigration remains a persistent problem in the region. He said that for the past 20 years, Malta has been affected by dramatic incidents, most of which originate from sub-Saharan countries.

He said that along these years, Malta and other similar countries have been left isolated. President Vella concluded that it takes a coordinated solution, international and multilateral, to tackle this issue.