Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill met with Ambassador Aida Kasymalieva, the Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations, on October 31, 2023.
During the meeting, Ambassador Beresford-Hill provided a comprehensive overview of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s history, emphasizing its unique origin as a “government in exile” and its recognition as a “sui generis primary subject of international law.” Despite not having territorial control, the Order enjoys international recognition in 114 countries, reflecting its global significance.
Ambassador Beresford-Hill highlighted the Order’s financial contributions to its global budget, primarily directed towards healthcare and humanitarian efforts worldwide. Specific initiatives were noted, including support for refugees in Colombia and operations in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, and Palestine. In response, Mrs. Aida Kasymalieva shared insights into her work, focusing on parliamentary affairs, gender issues, and combating human trafficking, expressing concern about trafficking to countries like Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Mrs. Kasymalieva introduced Kyrgyzstan, celebrating its 30 years of independence with a population of seven million. Despite economic challenges, the nation is known for its open society, nomadic culture, and commitment to addressing climate change. She highlighted concerns related to social issues, healthcare, education, and the well-being of children in migrant families. Mrs. Kasymalieva expressed her mission’s commitment to engaging with all UN General Assembly committees and a keen interest in closer ties with the Sovereign Order of Malta.