On the occasion of the state visit of the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem,

of Rhodes and of Malta - Frà Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, to Bulgaria and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, H. E. Mrs. Ursula Zuccoli, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria gave a reception on 11th December at Sofia Hotel Balkan. It was attended by the President Rumen Radev, the Grand Master and members of his delegation, officials, the ambassadors of almost all missions accredited in Bulgaria, journalists.

The state visit of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Maltese Order Frà Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was at the invitation of the President Rumen Radev and in his delegation was also the Grand Chancellor of the Order Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

This year, Bulgaria and the Sovereign Order of Malta mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The ancient Christian Order carries out charitable, social and humanitarian activities in 120 countries. In Bulgaria, from 2005 to the present, its embassy has organized over 350 different initiatives in 107 settlements.

During the visit of the Grand Master this time, the first high-tech apparatus for rehabilitation of children in a virtual environment, provided to the Special Hospital for the Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy "Saint Sofia" by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order, was installed in Bulgaria. An ultrasound was also donated to a Sofia hospital for pulmonary disease treatment and an ambulance to the hospital in Dupnitza.

On the occasion of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Bulgarian state issued a commemorative stamp in circulation of 10, 500 copies. Every guest at the reception received one as a gift to remember the event.

Photos: Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Bulgaria

Above: The President Rumen Radev greets the the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta - Frà Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto at the reception

Below: H. E. Mrs. Ursula Zuccoli, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria, with the President; with the President and H. E. Mr. Bogdan Patashev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the Holy See; with members of the delegation of the Order; with representatives of the religious denominations in Bulgaria;  with H. Е. Dr. Ahmed Al Madbuh - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Palestine and the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria; with other ambassadors