57 member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, agreed on Monday that Malta should take over the organization’s rotating chairmanship after Russia vetoed Estonia taking over the position.
Foreign Minister Ian Borg was asked by the outgoing Chairman to take over the Chair in 2024 and Minister Borg graciously accepted the offer and will take over from 1st January 2024.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on X (formerly Twitter) that the US is “grateful to Malta for stepping forward to assume the responsibilities of the chairpersonship and carry forward the work of the OSCE in 2024.”
“Malta has the full support and confidence of the United States,” he tweeted.
OSCE countries’ foreign ministers are meeting on Thursday and Friday in the North Macedonian capital of Skopj.