The President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, has been awarded the Ukraine’s Person of the Year Award 2017, for Social and Political Activity. During a message broadcast from Kiev, Ukraine, President Coleiro Preca talked about the strengthening of the bond between Malta and Ukraine.
“To me, it signifies the great friendship which, I am confident, will continue to develop between the Maltese and the Ukrainian people,” the President said.
Noting the shared fundamental values between the two countries, she looked back at the last three decades of continued growth between the countries.
“Since the independence of Ukraine in 1991, relations have flourished between our two countries. These relations have grown, at all levels. My recent State Visit to your country has further consolidated the excellent bilateral relationship between our authorities and our peoples,” she said.
She thanked the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as well as the Government of Ukraine for their efforts to match the efforts of the Government of Malta in strengthening the relations between Malta and Ukraine on political, social and economic levels.
She also spoke about the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union that brought about a historical moment of cooperation between the European Union and Ukraine, which was marked by the entry into force of the visa liberalisation for Ukrainian citizens.
“The Visa Liberalisation development is evidence of the closeness and friendship we wish to nurture, not only between our two peoples, but also among the entire European Family,” the President stated. “We must be united by our commitment to universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, and a profound respect for the rule of law, and intrinsic human dignity,” she said.
President Coleiro Preca dedicated this award to all peace-loving people in Malta and Ukraine, and all over the world.
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca now joins the likes of Pope John Paul II, U.S. Senator John McCain and Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski in receiving this esteemed reward.