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World leaders and governments congratulate Seychelles President on re-election

World leaders and governments congratulate Seychelles President on re-election ( President James Michel has received messages of congratulations from world leaders, governments, international organizations, and dignitaries.

France, Portugal, Greece, China, India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, the Vatican, and the Commonwealth have sent messages to the President following his re-election.

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent his “most sincere and warmest congratulations” on President Michel’s re-election.

“This shining result will enable you to pursue the reforms you have engaged yourself to reinforce the democratic institutions and re-build the economy of the archipelago. I firmly believe the close relations and friendship which unite our two countries will continue to be strengthened. France will remain by your side to assist you, as part of a balanced partnership, to realize your ambitions for Seychelles,” said President Sarkozy in his message.

The French President also spoke of the importance of improving actions to achieve common goals of promoting the French language, the fight against climate change, the search for innovating financing solutions, as well as strengthening regional relations through the Indian Ocean Commission.

“I am pleased the Indian Ocean Games will be taking place in Seychelles very soon, which I am sure will be, for our youth, a new celebration of fraternity.”

President Sarkozy also noted that France would continue to support Seychelles in eradicating piracy in the Indian Ocean.

“France will continue to support your efforts by a significant contribution to the European Atalanta operation, bilateral action, and a constant support in the international fora.”

President Michel also received letters of congratulations from the President of the General Council of La Reunion and the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion.

The Chinese President Hu Jintao said in his letter of congratulations:

“I believe that your Excellency will lead both the government and the people of Seychelles to obtain greater new achievements in the national construction during your presidency. Since establishment 35 years ago, the relations between our two countries have been developing smoothly and healthily … I wish your country prosperity and your people happiness.”

The President of United Arab Emirates, HH. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said:

“It gives me great pleasure to extend to your Excellency warmest congratulations in the name of the government of the United Arab Emirates and on my own behalf. Wishing your Excellency every success and continued progress to the friendly people of Seychelles. Hoping that the friendly relations between our two countries will be further strengthened.”

The President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev has expressed congratulations to President Michel on his re-election and wished him success and prosperity, adding:

“I am confident that the relations of friendship and cooperation tested by time will further broaden for the benefit of our states in the interest of strengthening stability and security on the African continent.”

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Eugene Nugent, based in Madagascar has sent a message on behalf of the Holy See in the Vatican expressing: “Sincere congratulations to the new President with his best wishes for the success of the accomplishment of his noble office.”

The High Commissioner of India to Seychelles Asit Kumar Nag has said in a letter:

“Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles. I am confident that under your guidance and leadership. The bilateral relations between India and Seychelles will get further strengthened in the years to come.”

The Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has sent a letter to the President today:

“My warm congratulations on your victory … This presidential election has been another significant step in Seychelles’ maturing democracy. I am pleased to note from reports of the Commonwealth Expert Team that, notwithstanding some concerns, the election was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and technical aspects were efficient, transparent, and credible."

PHOTO: Swearing in of Seychelles President James Michel

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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