A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Malta


Malta was a Crown Colony of the United Kingdom from 1814 until 1964, when it was granted independence and joined the British Commonwealth. Malta was recognized by the United States the same year that it gained independence and became a republic in 1964.

Modern Flag of Malta


U.S. Recognition of Maltese Independence, 1964.

The United States recognized Malta on September 18, 1964, when U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sent a letter to Maltese Prime Minister Giorgio Borg Olivier.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1964.

The Embassy in Valletta was established on September 21, 1964, with Harrison Lewis as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. The first U.S. Ambassador to Malta, George J. Feldman, presented his credentials on October 5, 1965.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Malta
  • Department of State Country Information: Malta