1 The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, arrived yesterday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he will participate in the 42nd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.
2 The President was received at the airport by the Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, Ms. Antoinette Kipulu Kabenga, and other senior officials of the Congolese Government.
3 President Ramkalawan upon his arrival inspected the honor guard and was greeted by various artistic performances.
4 First on his agenda while in the DRC, the President organized a special meeting for members of the Seychellois community living in Kinshasa.
5 The President expressed his joy at meeting a number of Seychellois with links and roots in his homeland, Seychelles.
6 On behalf of the Seychellois community in Kinsasha, Ms. Hilda Chetty expressed her gratitude to President Ramkalawan and his delegation for taking the time to meet with them to listen to his views and challenges.
7 The President today (Wednesday 17 August) attended the official opening ceremony of the 42nd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government and will speak on key areas relevant to Seychelles, such as maritime security and the parliamentary forum on the SADF.
8 Also present in Kinshasa are the Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union, Conrad Mederic, the Director of Regional Affairs, Mr. Christian Faure, and the Third Secretary of the SADC Office, Mr. Jean-Philippe Bannane.