PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT The High Commissioner of the Republic of India presents her Letters of Commission to the President of Malta

​The High Commissioner of the Republic of India to Malta Sangeeta Bahadur presented her Letters of Commission to President George Vella at Sant’Anton Palace, Attard.

In discussing the COVID 19 virus, the High Commissioner commended Maltese authorities on the successful manner in which they have addressed the pandemic, adding also that this was being given extensive coverage in Indian media. President Vella expressed his solidarity with the people of the Republic of India in their current fight against the pandemic.

President Vella expressed satisfaction that exchanges between the two countries are becoming increasingly frequent and that a regular calendar of meetings has been established. In her response, The High Commissioner noted that despite the difference in size and the geographical distance, relations have gone from strength to strength.

Moving on to EU-India relations, President Vella referred to Malta’s support to the strategic partnership intended to further develop the bilateral cooperation, such as business and investments, the digital economy, climate change, ocean governance and maritime security. Malta also welcomes the conclusion of the EU-India Summit and adoption of the EU-India Roadmap 2025.

With regard to cooperation within the Commonwealth, President Vella pointed out that as one of the largest contributors, India has a crucial role to play in increasing pan-Commonwealth cooperation. He added that this organisation is an ideal platform for its fifty-four Members to work on common aspirations and the upholding of shared values. High Commissioner Bahadur agreed with President Vella and added that the Commonwealth presents an excellent opportunity for increased cooperation between India and Malta.