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Foreign Minister calls on Seychelles' President

Ahmed Aiham
09 July 2019, MVT 12:14
Top diplomat Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid calls on Seychelles' President Danny Faure. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ahmed Aiham
09 July 2019, MVT 12:14

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, on Monday, called on the President of Seychelles Danny Faure, as the Special Envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

At the meeting held at the presidential residence 'State House' in capital Victoria, Minister Shahid presented a letter from the President, while extending greetings and well wishes on behalf of the state leader.

"As two small island states, we face similar challenges and opportunities. Our two countries should engage in frequent dialogues with the aim of uncovering new avenues for cooperation", said the Seychelles President.

"Seychelles also considers Maldives as an important partner in advocating for the cause of Small Island States. We appreciate your support in the blue economy initiative for which Seychelles is a champion, and in shedding light on the adverse effects of climate change on (Small Island Developing States) SIDS".

The two countries discussed enhancing existing bilateral relations and were accompanied by Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof, among other Foreign Ministry officials.

Additionally, Minister Shahid met with the Seychelles' Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dr Marina Confait.

During the meeting held at the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both top diplomats discussed avenues of expanding cooperation between the Maldives and Seychelles on a range of bilateral issues, placing special emphasis on the areas of sports, youth, community empowerment and tourism.

The diplomatic delegation of Maldives is currently visiting Seychelles to seek support for the Maldives' bid to host Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2023.

Further, the delegation will depart Mauritius and Comoros following the conclusion of the Seychelles visit.

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