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Ambassadors set for ambitious foreign policy, says Seychelles minister

Ambassadors set for ambitious foreign policy, says Seychelles minister ( The Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, has said that following the Ambassador’s Retreat held last month, which included briefings on the economy and local industry as well discussions on the direction of Seychelles foreign policy, the Ambassadors were “up to speed on the latest developments in Seychelles and fully equipped to tackle another 12 months of ambitious foreign policy.”

The Minister added that part of this ambitious policy was a redeployment of the Diplomatic Corp and a campaign for a seat for Seychelles on the UN Security Council in 2017.

“Seychelles has experiences to share in the international arena and we can be of value and a voice for marginalized small states. Though it may seem like a long way off, the Seychelles Diplomatic Corps is geared up for a long but successful campaign,” the Minister said.

As part of this redeployment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to announce that Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd has been appointed as the new Resident High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, and she will be taking up her post before the end of the year.

Head of Missions have now taken up their posts as follows:

Ambassador Marie-Louise Potter has been posted in the Seychelles Mission in New York and will be accredited to both the United States Government and as Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Amb. Potter presented her credentials to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon earlier this month.

Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye has been posted to the Seychelles Embassy in Paris as the Resident Ambassador to France and as Seychelles’ representative to UNESCO.

Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave will remain as Seychelles’ Resident Ambassador in Brussels, Belgium. Amb. Fock Tave is also currently overseeing the Seychelles Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, which is currently charged with Seychelles’ accession to the World Trade Organization.

High Commissioner Claude Morel, formerly the Resident Ambassador to France, has been posted to the Seychelles Embassy in Pretoria.

High Commissioner Joseph Nourrice, formerly the Resident High Commissioner to South Africa in Pretoria, has been posted to Addis Ababa and will be Seychelles’ Permanent Representative with the African Union.

Ambassador Dick Esparon, who was posted to the newly-opened Seychelles Embassy in Abu Dhabi, will remain as Seychelles’ Resident Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

High Commissioner Waven William, who was posted earlier this year, will remain as the Seychelles Resident High Commissioner in New Delhi, India.

Ambassador Philippe Le Gall will remain as Seychelles’ Resident Ambassador in Beijing, China.

Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Ronny Jumeau, formerly the Resident Ambassador in New York and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will continue to operate from the Seychelles Mission in New York.

High Commissioner Patrick Pillay, Resident High Commissioner in London who completed his term of service in earlier this year, will be retiring from official diplomatic service; however, High Commissioner Pillay will continue to be part of Seychelles active diplomacy and lend his expertise to the Ministry particularly in line with the UNSC 2017 campaign.

In addition to the foreign posting of Seychelles Ambassadors, the Ministry wishes to also announce the return of Ambassador Callixte d’Offay who was previously serving as the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) at the IOC headquarters in Mauritius. On his return, Ambassador d’Offay, has been nominated as Roving Ambassador to the Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius, Madagascar, and Comoros) and as Special Envoy to La Reunion.

Ambassador Erna Athanasius, will continue to operate from Seychelles as the Seychelles Ambassador for Women and Children.

The Foreign Ministry also wishes to inform the Seychellois public that the Seychelles High Commission in London has been relocated to new premises, details of which can be found on the MFA website.

PHOTO: (Top Row, L to R) - Patrick Pillay, Claude Morel, Dick Esparon, Erna Athanasius, Joseph Nourrice, Mary-Louise Potter; (Bottom Row, L to R) - Marie-Pierre Lloyd, Philippe Le Gall, Patrick Pillay, Ronny Jumeau, Vivianne Fock Tave, Waven William


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