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Seychelles and India: 36 years of friendship and fruitful cooperation

Seychelles and India: 36 years of friendship and fruitful cooperation (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Seychelles Vice President, Mr. Danny Faure, has said that people to people exchanges are central to the way forward in India-Seychelles relations.

Speaking during a bilateral meeting convened with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at State House this morning, Vice President Faure commended the 36 years of friendship between the two nations and conveyed the thanks of the people and government of Seychelles for the many fruits born from their long cooperation.

Vice President Faure made special mention of existing cooperation in the vital sectors of education, health, and defense through the numerous training opportunities and human capacity development support provided.

“We are very grateful for defense cooperation that recognizes the benefit of mutual security in the Indian Ocean and also recognizes the great strain that piracy has put on our development. We also congratulate India for having taken such a strong stance on piracy,” said the Vice President.

During the meeting, President Patil announced one of the largest grants in Seychelles history in the form of a US$25 million grant and a new affordable line of credit for US$50 million.

On behalf of the Seychelles delegation, which included the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam; the Minister for Education, Mrs. MacSuzy Mondon; the Minister for Finance, Mr. Pierre Laporte; the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St Ange; the Minister for Health, Mrs. Mitcy Larue; and the Leader of Government Business Hon. Marie Antoinette Rose, as well as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Andre Pool, the Vice President expressed his sincere thanks:

“We are a small country with a small economy, and this generous support will go a long way in assisting our development.”

The bilateral meeting concluded in the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding on youth and sports, and on police, which will allow for greater youth and cultural exchanges between Seychelles and India, and indispensible training and capacity building support for the Seychelles Police Force in partnership with Indian Bureau of Police Research (BPRD).

The two agreements were witnessed by Seychelles President James Alix Michel and President Patil, and were signed by the Indian Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Sachin Pilot, and Minister Jean-Paul Adam.

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