Our diplomatic relations with Malta were established in 1967. The Consulate General of Malta in Istanbul on April 14, 2009 and the Embassy of Valetta on 8 October 2009. Malta officially opened the Embassy in Ankara with the Memorandum dated 5 January 2017. Our Ministry has also ratified Malta’s request to open an embassy in our country with the note dated January 19th. Malta envisages establishing the Embassy in Ankara within the EU Delegation.
Turkey-Malta relations have remained in a positive political course. Mrs. Foreign Minister’s visit to Malta on 9-10 March 2015 constituted the first official visit between the two countries at this level. The visit of Foreign Minister George Vella on 22-23 June 2016 was the first Foreign Minister to visit my country from Malta.
Mr. Prime Minister’s visit to Malta on February 17, 2017, at the invitation of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, is the first official visit by the Prime Minister.
During the visit of Mr Prime Minister to Malta, the goal of raising the trade volume to 1 billion Euros was announced, and a Business Forum Meeting was held in which many businessmen from Malta and Turkey participated. In 2016, our bilateral trade volume with Malta was $ 278 million (our exports: $ 238 million, our imports: $ 39 million).
Between 2002 and 2016, the amount of direct investment from our country to Malta was 1 billion 257 million Dollars and the amount of direct investment from Malta to my country was 219 million Dollars.
As of June 30, 2016, the number of Maltese companies operating in our country is 54, and the number of Turkish firms operating in Malta is 558.
THY and Air Malta joint flights between Istanbul and Malta started in 2013. The number of Maltese tourists who visited our country in 2016 is 5,849.
In Malta, about 700 of our citizens live in Malta, about 90 of which are double citizens.