The Chairman of the Constituent Council of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP) Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan, together with an accompanying delegation, paid a working visit to Malta to formally register the distinct interest of his newly founded organisation to establish its headquarters in Malta.
Amongst the foremost objectives of the GCTP is to serve the purposes of building international partnerships, to instil values of tolerance and culture, reject extremism, promote preventive diplomacy, and to support regional and international youth initiatives. It also aims to launch in the short term a major international award to contribute to the protection of international peace. During the talks, reference was made to the Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier on 14th June 2017 between the GCTP and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and to the ongoing cooperation with the United Nations, particularly on actions in support of young people to embark on projects that uphold the value of tolerance in their research and studies.
George W. Vella, on behalf of the Government of Malta, welcomed the interest of the GCTP to establish its headquarters in Malta and positively noted the objectives and the work programme of the GCTP to act as an international space and a global platform to serve the ideals of tolerance, peace, and high humanitarian objectives. At the end of the working visit, a Protocol of Association was signed between Malta and the GCTP.
The delegation was also received by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who commended the aims of the Global Council since they reflected Malta’s foreign policy objectives.