Malta and Chile have agreed to develop greater diplomatic relations that were first agreed to 28 years ago. This happened while Malta President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is carrying out a first official two-day visit to the South American country, the first-ever visit by Malta’s Head of State to the country.
In the Citizens’ Plaza at Santiago, the President laid flowers at the foot of the monument to Bernardo O’Higgins, the Chilean Leader who led the country’s revolution for the country’s freedom from Spain during the Chilean Revolution. After being greeted by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the entrance to the La Moneda Palace and inspecting the Guard of Honour, national anthems were played.
The two Presidents presided over the Political Consultation Agreement between the two governments, an agreement that is expected to pave the way for the strengthening of relations between the two countries and greater bilateral cooperation.
President Coleiro Preca said, “This important agreement will greatly facilitate regular consultations between Malta and Chile, on bilateral, regional, and international matters of mutual interest. It shall provide a platform, from which to encourage greater closeness between our nations, to move forward.”
Malta’s Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Josè Herrera, signed the agreement on behalf of the Foreign Affairs and Commercial promotions Ministry.
At the La Moneda Palace the two Presidents discussed a greater female role in society and politics. The two countries believe that despite their considerable geographic distance from each other there is great potential for collaboration in investment, commerce, education and tourism.
Both sides expressed their desire for Chile to strengthen its relations with the EU. The two Presidents had earlier met and collaborated during the World Council for Women held last September in New York and the current meeting renewed their commitment to continue working for women’s rights.
President Coleiro Preca maintained, “I feel proud and so reassured, that we both stand in solidarity with all peoples who are experiencing exclusion, violence, and precocity, simply because of their gender.”