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Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs Open Day brings Seychelles Embassies to the public

Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs Open Day brings Seychelles Embassies to the public (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched the third annual Open Day under the theme, “Seychelles Foreign Missions Closer to the Community,” which features exhibitions on Seychelles’ ten Embassies and High Commissions around the world.

In a ceremony held to mark the occasion, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, said the “ministry’s Open Day is symbolic of the way in which Seychelles’ active diplomacy aspires to make us be both better connected to the world, as well as with our own community.”

The Minister explained that it was imperative that Seychelles continued to increasingly engage with the world so as not to merely be “victims of global processes” but to also influence them.

“For a small country, finding an effective voice is always challenging… With our embassies, that are often operating on a skeleton staff, we are projecting a strong image for Seychelles, whilst also providing support to Seychelles’ strategic and economic interests, as well as helping expatriate and traveling Seychellois as much as possible in terms of visas and consular assistance.”

The exhibitions on display illustrate the various jurisdictions that fall under the various Missions, profile the staff, and show examples of works and initiatives that have originated from the work undertaken by the Embassies and High Commissions.

In addressing the invited guests, both Minister Adam and the Principal Secretary, Amb. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, made special mention of Seychelles’ bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council 2017 and the important role Seychelles missions abroad have in support this campaign:

“In terms of global governance structures, the Security Council represents one of the foremost institutions. By aiming to become the smallest state to ever serve on the UNSC, we want to truly create awareness of the importance of inclusion and participation of all states in the international system.

“Our Security Council represents an opportunity for all Seychellois. We are aiming to give ourselves an even stronger voice on the global stage,” said the Minister.

Since 2004, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has grown from just 2 Foreign Missions to 10 by November, 2012, and is currently represented overseas by 10 Ambassadors and 86 Honorary Consuls in 59 countries. Seychelles has Diplomatic Relations with 150 countries worldwide and 8 such countries have a permanent mission in Victoria. Another 20 countries are represented by their Honorary Consuls.

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