08.06.11

Seychelles and Maldives to strengthen relations

Posted in Business and Economy, International relations, Seychelles government at 8:01 am by Robert Klien

On August 4, Maldivian President and Seychellois President discussed various issues including challenges faced by small island states such as economic development, climate change and the threats of piracy as well as maritime and fisheries cooperation.

Besides President Michel, Maldivian President Nasheed held talks with Vice-President Danny Faure and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam.

Mr Michel welcomed Mr Nasheed saying: “We are very happy to welcome you in our islands, to develop closer relations and consider the challenges of small island states together”.

The 2 presidents witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on fisheries cooperation as well as a protocol on cooperation to combat piracy and other maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean. These documents were signed by Minister Adam and his Maldivian counterpart Ahmed Naseem.

Also, to encourage trade between Seychelles and the Maldives, the presidents agreed that a shipping line between the jurisdictions is needed to be developed. By means of that, economic cooperation and exchange will be enhanced.

President Michel said: “We must do more to improve our regional trade and share our expertise, especially as we are both focused on fisheries and tourism, and in this way develop sustainable solutions to regional challenges”.

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