Thursday, 27 August 2015

President Michel meets with Prime Minister Modi: Seychelles is a key strategic partner for India

President Michel meets with Prime Minister Modi: Seychelles is a key strategic partner for IndiaSeychelles President James Michel met with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi at Hyderbad House in New Delhi, during his third state visit to India. The two leaders discussed issues concerning defence, the Blue Economy, climate change, capacity building, investment, economic progress, as well as technology and innovation projects. The two leaders then joined their respective delegations for a working lunch where they discussed bilateral issues.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan, and the Indian Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, then exchanged several signed agreements between the Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of India concerning Finance (Agreement on Exchange of Information and Assistance in the Collection of Taxes), Agriculture, Maritime Security (donation of a second Dornier plane), the Blue Economy, and Air Connectivity (Bilateral Air Services Agreement).

President Michel and Prime Minister Modi addressed the media, to expound the progress of their exchanges and express their satisfaction concerning the relations between the two countries. In his press statement, President Michel said “My visit comes barely five months after the memorable and fruitful visit of Prime Minister Modi to Seychelles in March of this year. It illustrates the unique and special relationship that our two countries share, based on our shared values and aspirations.

It is a relationship which is strategic, historical, multi-faceted and longstanding. The vibrant Indian community in Seychelles which is part and parcel of the long history of our country and which shapes our common destiny, is a catalyst in bolstering this strategic partnership and our convergent bilateral interests.” Mr. Michel expressed Seychelles’ appreciation for the financial support of India, which he said will make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Seychelles.

“I have expressed my gratitude for India’s commitment to further expand its partnership in the development of human resources and capacity building. This will help us to reinforce our resilience as a nation and to meet our vision of people- centred development. I have also expressed my gratitude for the donation of another Dornier aircraft. It will significantly reinforce our security capabilities in terms of surveillance of our ocean space, and that of the Indian Ocean region as a whole,” he added. President Michel said that Seychelles is pleased to have India as a partner in the development of its Blue Economy as this gives the two countries the chance to build economic opportunities while also sustaining future generations.

“This visit has reinforced our relationship and strategic partnership to a new level. Prime Minister Modi and I have expressed our commitment to continue working closely together in order to continue building a vibrant and dynamic future for Seychelles and India,” said Mr. Michel.


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