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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Order of Malta’s Chancellor, Baron Albrecht von Boeselager – Picture by Order of Malta.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, Magistral Villa of the Sovereign Order of Malta: Germany has become the 107th state to enter diplomatic relations with the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

According to an statement by the order “The German federal government’s decision demonstrates its great appreciation of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s activities in 120 countries worldwide in the healthcare, social and humanitarian sectors, of its efforts in rescuing and integrating migrants and refugees, as well as the special role played by its diplomatic service in helping the most disadvantaged everywhere”.

Grand Chancellor, Baron Albrecht von Boeselager, announced the establishment of relations during a bilateral meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

Discussed during the talks between the two delegations was the important contribution of Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s Relief Agency, in offering assistance to refugees in some of the most difficult areas in the world, such as the regions around Syria, South Sudan and Myanmar.

Also highlighted was the important migrant search and rescue activity in the Mediterranean Sea by the Order’s Italian Rescue Corps, with their medical teams on board the Italian Navy’s vessels and the Order of Malta’s decades of experience in Germany assisting and integrating migrants, with over 5,000 volunteers, out of the 50,000, located in the 100 shelters across the country.

For further information:

The Order of Malta and the EU:

The Order of Malta and the EU – European External Action …

The European Union has official relations with the Order of Malta, which is a sui generis subject of public international law.


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