The Malta Independent 22 July 2019, Monday

President Vella meets cabinet ministers, bishops

Friday, 5 April 2019, 16:43 Last update: about 5 months ago

Today marked the first official day of duties for President George Vella, after his inauguration on Thursday.

President Vella was paid a courtesy visit by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi at the Palace in Valletta.

Later, he received a visit by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the cabinet and government Members of Parliament. Earlier in the day, Dr Vella paid a visit to President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami at his Birkirkara home.

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On behalf of all the parliamentary group present, the Prime Minister formally congratulated George Vella on his inauguration as President.

Prime Minister Muscat said that it is an honour for most Members of Parliament present to have served with George Vella when the latter was Minister.

He maintained that President Vella's speech at his oath of office ceremony served as inspiration to all. Prime Minister Muscat continued to say how President Vella's mandate will no doubt be characterised by integrity and leadership.

On his part, the President thanked the Prime Minister and all those present. He said that once convinced to serve as President of the nation, he is fully committed to see the country move forward.

Referring to salient points he mentioned in his inaugural address, President Vella signalled his readiness to serve as moral compass and share his views on various issues.

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