On Friday afternoon, Foreign Minister Ian Borg officially assumed the role of Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the year 2024.
In his acceptance speech, Borg emphasised the crucial need for close cooperation and support from all participating states to fulfil the OSCE’s mandate and uphold shared values in alignment with agreed principles and commitments.
Malta’s appointment to chair the OSCE followed Russia’s objection to Estonia taking on the role. Despite the diplomatic setback, Borg staunchly defended Estonia’s candidacy, asserting its status as a “solid, relevant, and dependable partner.”
He acknowledged Malta’s supportive stance towards Estonia and emphasised the nation’s commitment to serving as a “bridge builder” in the geopolitical landscape.
Expressing gratitude for the trust placed in Malta, Borg underscored the responsibility bestowed upon the country to lead the organisation, reaffirming Malta’s dedication to fulfilling its role within the OSCE.