Mutual Appreciation: Malta’s Parliamentary Ombudsman and Türkiye’s Chief Ombudsman Visit the Civil Protection Department

The Parliamentary Ombudsman of Malta, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, and the Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye, Mr. Şeref Malkoç, visited the Civil Protection Department Fire Station in Hal Far. The Ambassador of Türkiye to Malta, H.E. Erdeniz Şen, was also present.

The purpose of the visit was to convey gratitude and appreciation to the Civil Protection Officers who provided invaluable support following the earthquake, assisting in subsequent relief operations. The officers’ efforts reflected the deep-seated solidarity of the Maltese people, demonstrated further by the generous provision of goods to support the affected individuals.

At an Ombudsman Conference in Kosovo last May, the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Malta recalled how the Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye acknowledged countries that lent a helping hand to Türkiye, including Malta. He subsequently invited Mr Malkoç to the CPD during his visit to Malta as a gesture of personal gratitude. The Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye, grateful for the invitation, immediately accepted it. The Ombudsman of Malta thanked the CPD for arranging the meeting.

The ceremony came to a touching close with the Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye thanking all officers for their courage and commitment. He also extended his gratitude to the Maltese people for their overwhelming support. Emphasising Türkiye’s enduring appreciation, he assured that the country will forever remember the compassion and assistance of Malta and its citizens.


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