EU Delegation pays courtesy call on President FaureThe Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Marjaana Sall, accompanied by representatives from thirteen EU Member States, paid a courtesy visit to President Danny Faure at State House this morning.
The EU delegation is in Seychelles for the Fifth Political Dialogue meeting, taking place under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement. Regular Political Dialogue is a key element of the cooperation between Seychelles and the EU, and this year also celebrates 40 years of partnership.
President Danny Faure began by welcoming the delegation to State House and thanked them for 40 years of excellent relations. The meeting involved discussions on the current political and economic situation in Seychelles, and areas to develop the collaboration between Seychelles and the EU including maritime security, capacity building, economic diversification and cybersecurity.
President Faure also mentioned that though Seychelles has been classified as a High Income country, tackling inequalities and improving the lives of the poorest Seychellois remain key priorities, alongside strong measures to tackle the scourge of drugs. The EU reiterated its support to work with the Government in those areas.
Seychelles and EU reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together and promote common shared values and interests.
The Ambassador of the European Union, Ms Marjaana Sall, led the EU party. She was accompanied by the Ambassadors of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Spain, the British High Commissioner, the Chargé d’ Affaires of the Polish Embassy, and the Deputy Head of Mission from the Netherlands. Also Present at the meeting was the Diplomatic Advisor to the President, Ambassador Callixte D’Offay, Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mr Mohammed Afif, Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Claude Morel, Principal Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Michelle Murray, Director General for International Relations and other officials of the Seychelles Department of Foreign Affairs.