Ambassador Bukurije Gjonbalaj presents her credentials to the President of MaltaValletta, October 16, 2014 - Ambassador Bukurije Gjonbalaj presented her credentials to the President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, as non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in the Republic of Malta.
During the state ceremony and the formal presentation of the credentials, Ambassador Gjonbalaj conveyed to the President of Malta the regards and grateful thanks of the Kosovos President Atifete Jahjaga for Maltas continued support given to Kosovo and its people.She also reiterated the orientation of Kosovo as an independent and democratic state to continue to develop much closer relationships with Malta.
The President Preca during her remarks wished Ambassador Gjonbalaj a warm welcome as Kosovo's first ambassador to Malta and emphasized the importance of this moment in building bilateral relations between Kosovo and Malta. She spoke about the help that Malta has offered Kosovo so far,
excellent bilateral relations and assured Ambassador Gjonbalaj that Malta will continue to support Kosovo in its journey towards the EU, as well as specific bilateral initiatives where Malta could help. Among other things, they agreed to an meeting between the President Preca and President Jahjaga.
The same day, the ambassadors of Ghana and Chile presented their credentials to President Preca.
The ceremony of presentation of credentials was held at the Presidential Palace in Valletta, while the lunch was held at San Anton Palace, the residence of the President, in Attard, where besides the presidential couple and newly accredited ambassadors present were also representatives of the Parliament,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta, judges, publicist, etc.
Ambassador Gjonbalaj during her visit to Malta was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. George W. Vella and Speaker of the Parliament dr. Angelo Farrugia. In her official visit to Malta, Ambassador Gjonbalaj was accompanied by Gjeneza Budima, counsellor of the Embassy of Kosovo in Rome.
Ambassador Gjonbalaj is Kosovos resident ambassador to the Republic of Italy, and is also accredited as a non-resident ambassador to the Republic of San Marino.
Malta has recognized the Republic of Kosovo on 21 August 2008. Malta and Kosovo enjoy diplomatic relations since September 2011. Kosovo is covered on secondary basis by the Embassy of Malta in Vienna.