The diplomatic activities of the Order are closely linked to its humanitarian mission: the presence of accredited diplomatic missions in more than 100 countries of the world supports the activities of the Order.
In June of 2008 the Government of Canada established official relations with the Order of Malta and the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See was designated as Canada's official representative. "Canada holds the Order of Malta in the highest esteem, and appreciates its longstanding charitable and humanitarian work".
In the international political field, the Order of Malta is neutral, impartial and non-political. Because of these characteristics, the Order can act as a mediator whenever a State requests its intervention to settle a dispute.
The Order has steadily increased its diplomatic relations in recent years. Today the Order has Diplomatic Missions in over 100 countries - many of which are non-Catholic - and missions to some European countries, as well as to European and international organizations.