“Malta – Switzerland: Bridges for peace” – President

DOI: Clifton Fenech

“Malta and Switzerland can be bridges for peace, for dialogue, to bring our peoples and our regions together. Together we can make huge statements and create an effective model for others to follow,” President Coleiro Preca told Swiss counterpart Alain Berset, during her official visit to Switzerland.

She added that their connection should also extend to Maltese and Swiss civil societies. So that the people-to-people contact would increase, thus leading to more sustainable diplomatic and political relations. The President said that the fact that there is excellent direct connectivity will also help for this contact to be further developed.

Following their face-to-face meeting, the two Presidents addressed their respective delegations on the further enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries, and cooperation on global issues including peace-building, security, education, and migration.

President Berset commended the work being done by the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, a success story of collaboration between Malta and Switzerland. Berset said that his country will remain committed to MEDAC, collaborating on scholarships from 2019 onwards.

President Coleiro Preca, whilst thanking President Berset, said that through the course of its successful 30-year history, MEDAC has proven to be a constructive partnership between Malta and Switzerland, empowering over 800 young people from the Middle East and North African countries, to become diplomats who believe in dialogue, and in bringing countries together, for peace-building.

Both countries also confirmed their mutual support for the respective candidature for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, for the term 2023-2024.

Maltese and Swiss diplomatic relations first forged just over four decades ago, with the first ever official State Visit to Malta from the former SwissPresident Johann N. Schneider-Ammann in September 2016.