Today (January 23, 2013), Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák received Francis Martin O’Donnell, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta to the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of his ending his mission in Slovakia. They evaluated the current state of the bilateral cooperation and discussed prospects for its further enhancement in the social, health and humanitarian sphere. Minister Lajčák emphasized Ambassador O´Donnell’s special contribution to developing Slovak-Maltese relations. “I appreciate the charitable and social activities of the Volunteers Corps of Order of Malta in the Slovak Republic in favor of endangered and marginalized groups of people. I am convinced that joining our efforts, we will succeed in creating favorable conditions for further reinforcement of our mutual cooperation, among other things, in the realization of measures within the Roma Reform,” stated the head of Slovak diplomacy.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta maintains diplomatic relations with 104 states. It has its permanent representation at the European Commission, United Nations and other international organizations. Since 2006, the Volunteers Corps of Order of Malta has been active in various Slovak towns. It is geared toward philanthropic activities for children in orphanages, single and abused mothers, homeless people and other people living below the poverty line, and it also supports the modernization of health-care facilities, as well as projects focused on the integration of Roma children.