PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Maltese-Greek delegation pays visit to President George Vella as part of the bicentenary of Maltese emigration to Greece

President of Caritas Athens Archbishop Sevastianos Rossolatos, together with Honorary Consul of Malta in Corfu Mr Spiros Gauci, and a delegation of Caritas Athens members of Maltese origins paid a courtesy call on President George Vella at San Anton Palace to mark the bicentenary of the first Maltese emigrants to Greece.

Honorary Consul Spiros Gauci thanked the President for the hospitality extended to the delegation and said how Maltese emigrants to Greece created beautiful communities that kept their Catholic faith alive. He went on to explain the significance of the present delegation’s journey to Malta to honour the sacrifices Maltese ancestors in Greece made for their communities.

On his part, Archbishop Rossolatos also extended his thanks to President George Vella, and expressed his satisfaction in accompanying the delegation of Greeks of Maltese roots to the land of their forefathers.

Addressing those present, President George Vella noted the historical links between Malta and Corfu, not least through Maltese emigration to the island under British rule and such orders as the Order of St Michael and St George. The President stated that the Maltese proved to be enterprising workers and employees wherever they emigrated and expressed his satisfaction to note how disparate communities made a success in the communities they lived.

President Vella continued to say how he was impressed by the steadfast commitment made by the Maltese diaspora, and mentioned the work carried out by the Council for Maltese Living Abroad which was set up to get Maltese living in different regions abroad to meet together. The President concluded by welcoming the delegation present to the land of their ancestors, and to re-discover their historical roots.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister