Malta President meets Pope Francis, discusses migration

President George Vella with Pope Francis. Source: Twitter (George Vella)

Malta President George Vella met Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday. Both the leaders had a cordial talk and discussed the issue of migration in Europe.

Apart from this, the leaders discussed various other issues related to religion and culture. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over good relations between the Holy See and Malta.

The Holy See Press Office said in a statement that importance of religious values in Maltese culture were discussed along with the role of the Church in education.

Since Malta is one of the countries which is impacted by the issue of migration in Europe, both the leaders dedicated some time to talk about this.

Malta has witnessed an influx of refugees in its territory who are rescued by NGOs in the sea. The country has provided safe haven to many refugees in the past.

There has been a demand for more responsibility-sharing among the EU nations and this came up for discussion during the meeting.

Pope Francis has, in the past, called upon everyone to welcome, protect, and integrate the refugees.

President Vella also invited the Pope to visit Malta and expressed his satisfaction for meeting the leader. President’s wife, his three children, and Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and his wife also met the Pope.