The President and Mrs Fenech Adami, accompanied by Foreign Minister Tonio Borg, yesterday were welcomed by Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE at the Government House in Canberra.
During talks Dr Fenech Adami and the Governor-General spoke about the long standing and strong bilateral relations between the two countries. The President conveyed his condolences on behalf of the Government and the People of Malta for the Victoria Bushfires tragedy. The Governor-General recalled her visit to Malta last November, when she was impressed by the hospitality given to her and her husband, and added that it was a positive experience.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce later hosted The President and Mrs Fenech Adami to an official lunch at the Government House in Canberra.
President Fenech Adami met a group of members of the Australia Federal Parliament and recalled the success of the Maltese in Australia and stated that he was pleased to hear that there was resurgence in the learning of the Maltese language among the Maltese community.
In the evening, The President and Mrs Fenech Adami attended a harbour cruise dinner hosted by the Leader of the House, New South Wales, John Aquilina.
On Monday, the President had talks with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and with the Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House, Canberra.
During the official dinner hosted by Prime Minister Rudd in honour of the President and Mrs Fenech, both Prime Minister and Opposition Leader recalled President Fenech Adami’s distinctive political career and his contribution towards the development of the Maltese nation. Prime Minister Rudd stated that both countries share a sense of common values to be good citizens of the world and stated that: “Australia would not be as complete without Malta”.
The President and Mrs Fenech Adami attended a community function for the Maltese Community in Canberra.
The President left Canberra for Sydney yesterday afternoon.