A Special Envoy of the President of Seychelles, on Monday, paid a courtesy call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The meeting was led by Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs in the office of the President of Seychelles, Mohamed Afif and took place at the President's Office in the capital city of Male'.
Welcoming Afif to the country, President Solih extended well wishes to the government and people of Seychelles on behalf of Maldives.
Additionally, he expressed hope that long-lasting diplomatic relations between the two countries would progress further in the future.
During the meeting, Afif presented a letter from the President of Seychelles Danny Faure to President Solih.
Discussions conducted during the meeting focused on similar challenges and vulnerabilities faced by small developing island nations such as Maldives and Seychelles as well as avenues of enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries.
Following the Special Envoy's guarantee that Seychelles had always worked towards more sustainable and resilient approaches to harnessing the region's oceanic resources, President Solih expressed hopes for the peace, stability and security of the Indian Ocean. He noted that both countries depended on the Indian Ocean for commerce, trade and livelihood.
Highlighting Maldives' bid to host the 2023 Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG), the President expressed hopes of Seychelles supporting Maldivian endeavours to hold the event in the country.
Afif was accompanied by founder and Chief Executive of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute, Oliver Steed and Nekton Principal Scientist at the University of Oxford Dr Lucy Woodall.