PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS Farewell courtesy call by the Italian Ambassador to Malta Mario Sammartino to Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo

The Italian Ambassador to Malta, who will be terminating his mission in the coming weeks, paid a farewell visit to the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo.


The meeting was an opportunity to review the main issues on the bilateral, European and international agenda upon which there is a strong harmony between the two countries. Both countries are strongly committed, among other things, to stability in the Central Mediterranean, a shared management of migratory flows at a European level, as well as the protection of the marine environment and its resources.


The Ambassador expressed his deep appreciation to the Minister for the commitment made to confirm and strengthen the values of the rule of law even in the most dramatic of circumstances that Malta experienced in the past months.


Both Minister Bartolo and Ambassador Sammartino agreed on the necessity to ensure cohesion and collaboration at the European level to counter the COVID-19 pandemic and its serious repercussions on the economic and social conditions of the two countries.


At the end of the meeting, the Ambassador took the opportunity to thank the Minister for the constant support, both of his staff and of the Government, in successfully carrying out all the tasks pertinent to his three-year mission in Malta.​​