Presentation of the Letters of Credence by Ambassador Giovanni Miceli as non-resident Ambassador of Malta to Hungary

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 29, 2014
 
On 13th October 2014, His Excellency Mr Giovanni Miceli, accompanied by Mr Samuel Scicluna, First Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, presented his Letter of Credence as Malta’s Ambassador to Hungary, based in Malta. The credentials were presented to H.E. János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary at a ceremony held at Sándor Palace, the official residence of the President of Hungary and the seat of the Office of the President in Budapest.
 
After the initial ceremony, Ambassador Miceli had a meeting with President Áder during which migration featured prominently in the discussion, including the different migration circumstances of both countries. Water resource issues were also discussed with President Áder. The ceremony continued with Ambassador Miceli placing a wreath at the memorial to fallen Hungarian soldiers at Budapest’s majestic Heroes’ Square. 

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During his visit, the Ambassador held a number of meetings, including with Mr. Kristóf Altusz, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, and other senior diplomats overseeing relations with Malta. At this meeting various issues were discussed, such as migration, the changes throughout the Mediterranean in recent years, and commercial issues. Mr Altusz also explained the new focus on trade and culture within Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
 
 Ambassador Miceli, furthermore, met with the Director for International Affairs at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to enhance commercial relations between the two countries. Meetings were also held with Mr. Tamás Szűcs, Head of the European Commission Representation in Hungary as well as with representatives of the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta, operating in Budapest.
 
Ambassador Miceli is a seasoned career diplomat who had been previously posted to Malta’s Embassy in Paris and the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE in Vienna, and more recently as Ambassador of Malta to Egypt, resident in Cairo.