The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pursues Malta’s foreign policy objectives and international relations. These policy objectives are broadly based around active participation in international organisations, a commitment to foreign development and the promotion of Malta’s image abroad. Since 1980 Malta has adopted a policy of neutrality.
Malta has 20 strategic objectives that it aims to realise through its international relations; these include using Malta’s geopolitical relevance for economic benefits, strengthening bilateral relations with its neighbours, and promoting Maltese culture and identity internationally.
Malta enjoys good bilateral relationships with many countries and is host to many embassies and high commissions from around the world.
There are many embassies, high commissions and consular offices located across Malta. There are around 40 embassies in Malta, of which most are to be found in the capital, Valletta. Some countries’ representations to Malta are attached to those of countries nearby such as Italy.
The Italian embassy has a cultural institute to promote the history of Italian culture in Malta, and has established a network of research centres linking the University of Malta to various Italian universities.
Malta is represented across the world by a network of embassies, high commissions and consulates. Malta has embassies in almost 20 countries, and there are around 100 consulates in almost 70 countries. This network provides information on trade, political affairs, consular matters and assists with documentation and travel advice.
Malta has established permanent missions to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe. These permanent missions are based in Vienna, New York, Rome, Geneva and Paris.