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Seychelles accredits first President Ambassador to the African Union

Seychelles accredits first President Ambassador to the African Union ( Ambassador Joseph Nourrice has presented his letters of Credential on December 6 to Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the AU Headquarters Addis Ababa.

The ceremony took place in the presence of members of the Bureau of the Chairperson, including the Chief of Staff of the Bureau and Secretary General of the African Union Commission.

The Chairperson welcomed Ambassador Nourrice as the first Permanent Representative to the African Union based in the capital, and congratulated Seychelles for this important step in establishing a mission in Addis Ababa.
Ambassador Nourrice on his part conveyed the message of congratulations and best wishes from Seychelles President James Michel to the Chairperson on her election at the head of the Pan African organization.

The Ambassador then expressed his appreciation for the privilege and confidence bestowed on him, to start the mission in the capital of Africa. He concluded that this was a historic occasion, and that he would endeavor to live up to the trust placed on him.

“The accreditation will allow Seychelles to play a more dynamic role on matters affecting the continent and beyond. It will also bring Seychelles nearer to the member states and reinforce our working relationship with the African Union, other missions and the international organizations based in Addis,” remarked Ambassador Nourrice.

Maritime security is a major concern for Seychelles as piracy affects the two principal pillars of our economy, namely tourism and fisheries. While commending the good work being done by the Commission; we would definitely like to see more of the maritime component injected in the Peace and Security architecture of the African Union, noted Ambassador Nourrice.

During the discussions, Ambassador Nourrice pointed out to the issue of the small island, and the need to address their specificities within the broader continental agenda was of paramount importance in this globalized environment. Issues like climate change, peace and security, infrastructural development, and tourism are some of the issues which Seychelles would bring to the table and make valuable contribution.

On her part, the Chairperson gave the undertaking she would to provide Seychelles with all the support to ensure that the mission has a successful operation in Addis.

The Ambassador thanked the Chairperson and her team and expressed the sentiment that this promises to be a new beginning for a fruitful collaboration between Seychelles the African Union.

PHOTO: Ambassador Joseph Nourrice / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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