Germany establishes diplomatic relations with the Order of Malta 

Members of the Order of Malta

Members of the Order of Malta, © dpa/picture-alliance

15.11.2017 - Article

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is travelling to Rome on Wednesday (15 November), where he will meet representatives of the Order of Malta and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

Diplomatic relations with the Order of Malta

Germany maintains diplomatic relations with almost 200 countries and also has ambassadors to international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.

It has now established diplomatic relations with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – abbreviated as the Order of Malta – was founded in 1113 and is recognised as a subject of international law. Following a long and varied history, the Order now primarily plays an important role in humanitarian assistance, with some 120,000 people around the world active in its charitable projects, looking after sick people, caring for the elderly and helping refugees.

Enhancing humanitarian work

The Order of Malta is also an important partner organisation for German humanitarian assistance. Be it in Syria, northern Iraq, many parts of Africa and Asia, or during the major natural disasters of recent years, Germany and the Order of Malta work closely together around the world. The establishment of diplomatic relations pays tribute to the Order of Malta’s humanitarian endeavours. The aim is to enhance this work in the future.

Meeting with Alfano – focus on EU issues

Gabriel will also meet his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano in Rome. Their talks will focus on current EU issues, including the refugee situation, migration, the EU’s Brexit negotiations with the UK and the future of the European Union.

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