Malta’s Ambassador to Finland resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

Updated 11:07 AM

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The Maltese Ambassador to Finland Michael Zammit Tabona has resigned after he compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a Facebook post.

Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo was quoted saying that Zammit Tabona had stepped down for his post and Malta is expected to apologise to Germany over the comments made. Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Bartolo did not confirm whether Zammit Tabona stepped down or was made to resign.

On Saturday, Zammit Tabona who shares content featuring Italian far right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, wrote: “75 years ago we stopped hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled hitlers dream! To control Europe”.

Speaking to the Times of Malta, Bartolo said that Zammit Tabona was asked to take down the post as soon as he was made aware of the post.

In a blog published on Newsbook.com.mt, independent candidate Arnold Cassola pointed out that Zammit Tabona is a Partit Laburista donor.

Cassola on Saturday said “You might not agree with Merkel’s politics, but comparing her to Hitler is a bit rich. Not even the pirate Captain Morgan would act this way,” Cassola said, in reference to the government’s chartering of Captain Morgan tourist boats to host migrants rescued at sea. Captain Morgan is owned by the Zammit Tabona family.

Partit Nazzjonalista condemned the behaviour saying that it was “most incorrect”. The Opposition said that it was undignified and far from the way a diplomat representing Malta should act.

Describing the statements as “not becoming of an ambassador”, Partit Nazzjonalista said that Zammit Tabona was installed into the post of an ambassador and chosen from outside the diplomatic corps.

Malta Chamber welcomes Ambassador’s resignation

The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry welcomed the resignation of Michael Zammit Tabona from Ambassador of Finland, following his comments on social media.

Such comments do nothing but harm the country’s reputation, said the Chamber which continued saying that all persons holding public office and diplomats no less, should take extra care when expressing themselves, as the country’s reputation is no one’s to put in compromising situations.

“Good governance demands high ethical, professional and diplomatic standards from our Ambassadors. The country ought to have representatives of the highest credibility that attract strong trust levels in the interest of Malta” – stated The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.