Sovereign Order of Malta

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations:

Diplomatic Relations between Georgia and the Sovereign Order of Malta were established on 24 July, 1998.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Holy See, also accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta:

  • H.E. Tamar Grdzelidze - 2014-to date
  • H.E. Ketevan Bagrationi of Mukhrani - 2010-2014

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Georgia:

  • H.E. Marcello Celestini – 2009-2019

Bilateral Cooperation:

On 22 October 2018, “The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta on Cooperation in the Field of Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Response” was signed.

After the Russian-Georgian War 2008, the Sovereign Order of Malta provided medical and humanitarian assistance to the war-affected population.

In 2011, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta founded Charitable Foundation Cardinal Pio Laghi that serves sociably vulnerable, handicapped, sick citizens and refugees.

The order was founded at the beginning of the XI century in Jerusalem. The Order and the hospital, where the founders were taking care of pilgrims, were named after John of Jerusalem. The members of the Order were wearing black robes with white cross.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is a subject of international law and has a special status as it represents neither country nor international organization. It has permanent associated observer member status at the United Nations. The Order is located in Rome. The head of the Order is the Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing.

The Order counts 13 000 members, thousands of doctors and volunteers. The Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with 106 countries. The main purpose of the Order is to provide assistance for helpless, sick, homeless, natural disaster and war affected population, regardless of their racial and religious background.


Useful Links:

Embassy of Georgia to the Sovereign Order of Malta 
Order of Malta