03.03.12

Tough global problems bring Seychelles and UK closer

Posted in International relations, Seychelles government at 3:54 pm by Robert Klien

When addressing many global issues, Seychelles and the United Kingdom have been working together. The two jurisdictions addressed those problems in which either country has played remarkable and leadership roles.

The fight against climate change is a good example. However, more recently, the bilateral and multinational counter-piracy efforts have been in sharp focus.

The visit last week by Seychelles’ President James Michel to the United Kingdom has locally been seen as a major highlight of our links.

British high commissioner Matthew Forbes said: “I was delighted that President Michel was able to visit London as a guest of government together with ministers Joel Morgan and Jean-Paul Adam” He added: “This was a historic visit, the first ever at guest of government level since independence.”

Mr Forbes noted that the President held very successful meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague and also met leaders from around the world at the London Conference on Somalia. Another highlight was the audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

He said that Seychelles is regarded as a key leader in the area of anti-piratism, which was apparent at the London Conference.

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