Europe and Eurasia: Malta National Day

Press Statement

Michael R. Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

September 21, 2018

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish to convey my best wishes to the people of Malta on their 54th Independence Day.

Our ties of friendship span over 200 years dating back to America’s own War of Independence, during which over 1,000 Maltese enlisted in the French Navy to assist the American colonies in their quest for freedom. The Liberty Bell, cast by John Pace, a Maltese immigrant to the United States, forever serves as a reminder of our strong bond and shared history.

We look forward to maintaining and strengthening our partnership, particularly in the realms of peace, security, trade, and cooperation in the Mediterranean and beyond.