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The Bahamas Forging Ties with Malta Ahead of 2015 CHOGM

Photo credit: Jeremy Wonnacott/ Department of Information

The Bahamas forging diplomatic ties with the Republic of Malta ahead of the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) set for November.

Bahamas High Commissioner, His Excellency Eldred Bethel on September 17th presented his credentials to CHOGM’s host country President, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca during a ceremony at San Anton Palace, Malta.

“We will endeavour to promote the national interests of The Bahamas and to protect the rights of its citizens. However, we regard it as equally important to encourage and further develop the bilateral relations between our two countries particularly in the areas of business, politics and culture,” stated High Commissioner Bethel.

 

High Commissioner Bethel thanked the President and the Maltese government for their hospitality and conveyed the main priorities of The Bahamas’ diplomatic service in the Republic of Malta.

 

The High Commissioner’s credentials presentation comes ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be hosted in Malta this year.

“And as you prepare to host CHOGM again in November, my Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Perry Christie is looking forward to joining you. Malta, like The Bahamas is an active participant in the United Nations, the Commonwealth and various other international organisations. Your voting record shows that you have principles that we share,” he said.

 

In addition to discussions on bilateral relations with the President of Malta, High Commissioner Bethel also conducted discussions with Maltese businessmen on possible private and public sector business opportunities for Maltese companies to pursue.

 

His Excellency is a non-resident Ambassador for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to several European countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Greece and Italy. He also serves as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization headquartered in London.

 

The Republic of Malta; an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea is a Southern European island country located south of Italy.

 

High Commissioner Bethel and the President of Malta discussed bilateral relations during the ceremony at San Anton Palace in Malta.

From left to right: Mrs. Maryanne Massa Personal Secretary to Her Excellency the President, Mr Godwin Pulis Diplomatic Advisor to the Presidency, Mr. Carmel Briffa Secretary to the Presidency, 

His Excellency Eldred Bethel,

Her Excellency the President Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 

Mrs Dawne Bethel, 

Mrs Fiona Jayne Formosa Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Malta, Mr Edgar Preca spouse to the President, Mrs Hilda Ellul-Mercer Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Photo credit: Jeremy Wonnacott/ Department of Information/Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malta

High Commissioner Bethel and the President flanked by Malta officials.

High Commissioner Bethel given a salute by the military of Malta in the courtyard of San Anton Palace.