New York, 6 January 2022 (TDI): Daniel del Valle, Advisor to the Ambassador in the Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations, New York, attended the official ceremony of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between Lesotho and Malta.

Daniel del Valle shared the news of the noteworthy occasion on his official Twitter account and stated that soon the two countries will exchange respective Ambassadors to deepen the ties for mutual benefit.

The Mission of Soverign Order of Malta to the United Nations in New York proclaimed reciprocal diplomatic recognition between the Grand Magistry of Malta and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho in December, last year. In this regard, the two sides also signed a joint communique.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Malta to the UN, Paul Beresford–Hill, exchanged missives with the Ambassador of Lesotho to the UN, Nkopane Monyane. The two counterparts played a significant role in the establishment of diplomatic relations. As a result, Lesotho became the 37th African country to have diplomatic ties with Malta.


Lesotho is a landlocked Southern African country that is contiguously surrounded by South Africa from all sides. It is renowned for its spectacular natural landscape and scenic magnificence comprised of snow-capped mountain ranges during the winter season.

Sovereign Order of Malta

The Sovereign Order of Malta is amongst the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. It is a lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113.

Furthermore, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 countries as well as the European Union. In addition, it also has permanent observer status at the United Nations. The Order is neutral, impartial as well as apolitical.