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  •  The 9th Political Dialogue was co chaired by Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security sustainable blue economy trade investment as well as environment and climate change Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism the UN Charter and the universality of human rights they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde said Our engagement covering a wide range of political environmental and socioeconomic issues allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values It promotes sustainable development and climate action encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events a two year pandemic global inflation in food and energy prices supply chain disruptions and international and regional conflicts As such we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI Avec le soutien de nos partenaires nous pouvons cr er un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements liminer les barri res emp chant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs conomiques et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renomm e mondiale en soutenant le d veloppement des industries des PME Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d un petit Etat insulaire dynamique vibrant et pleines d opportunit s infinies Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base conomique diversifi e et une forte r silience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles H E Mr Vincent Degert said The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU Seychelles partnership We share the same commitment to multilateralism We can also rely on a solid anchor a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy rule of law freedom and human dignity The EU Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security sustainable economic growth health and resilience climate change and governance and human rights Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021 Seychelles and the European Union EU had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws Referring to several conflicts in Africa they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism Additionally they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats such as drugs and arms smuggling and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region They emphasized the importance of regional ownership and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation in the context of growing use of social platforms they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change IPCC report highlighting the consequences of inaction Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1 5 degrees Celsius The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles In this context the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission AISCCC The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora notably at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November in Egypt and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15 in Canada in December They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability democratic governance and political transition the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender based violence The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable inclusive digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science technology and innovation The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context All along the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles the most important export market the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement EPA The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent deter and eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated IUU fishing They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission s IOTC Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest Africa initiative organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU The EU called for Seychelles support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic With regard to the European Union African Union Joint Vision for 2030 they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post Cotonou Agreement They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer cleaner fairer and more prosperous future They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway a significant investment package for a strong inclusive green and digital recovery and transformation The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan Minister of Finance Trade and National Planning Ms Devika Vidot Minister for Investment Industry and Entrepreneurship Development Mr Flavien Joubert Minister for Agriculture Environment and Climate Change Mrs Marie Celine Zialor Minister for Sports Youth and Family Affairs Mr Errol Fonseka Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy Office of the Attorney General the Anti Corruption Commission the Human Rights Commission the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority The EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States namely Belgium Germany Spain France Cyprus Netherlands Romania Finland and Sweden A delegation of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue
    European Union – Republic of Seychelles Joint press release : A strategic partnership to respond to multiple global challenges
     The 9th Political Dialogue was co chaired by Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security sustainable blue economy trade investment as well as environment and climate change Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism the UN Charter and the universality of human rights they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde said Our engagement covering a wide range of political environmental and socioeconomic issues allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values It promotes sustainable development and climate action encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events a two year pandemic global inflation in food and energy prices supply chain disruptions and international and regional conflicts As such we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI Avec le soutien de nos partenaires nous pouvons cr er un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements liminer les barri res emp chant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs conomiques et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renomm e mondiale en soutenant le d veloppement des industries des PME Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d un petit Etat insulaire dynamique vibrant et pleines d opportunit s infinies Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base conomique diversifi e et une forte r silience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles H E Mr Vincent Degert said The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU Seychelles partnership We share the same commitment to multilateralism We can also rely on a solid anchor a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy rule of law freedom and human dignity The EU Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security sustainable economic growth health and resilience climate change and governance and human rights Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021 Seychelles and the European Union EU had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws Referring to several conflicts in Africa they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism Additionally they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats such as drugs and arms smuggling and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region They emphasized the importance of regional ownership and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation in the context of growing use of social platforms they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change IPCC report highlighting the consequences of inaction Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1 5 degrees Celsius The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles In this context the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission AISCCC The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora notably at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November in Egypt and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15 in Canada in December They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability democratic governance and political transition the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender based violence The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable inclusive digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science technology and innovation The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context All along the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles the most important export market the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement EPA The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent deter and eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated IUU fishing They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission s IOTC Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest Africa initiative organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU The EU called for Seychelles support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic With regard to the European Union African Union Joint Vision for 2030 they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post Cotonou Agreement They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer cleaner fairer and more prosperous future They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway a significant investment package for a strong inclusive green and digital recovery and transformation The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan Minister of Finance Trade and National Planning Ms Devika Vidot Minister for Investment Industry and Entrepreneurship Development Mr Flavien Joubert Minister for Agriculture Environment and Climate Change Mrs Marie Celine Zialor Minister for Sports Youth and Family Affairs Mr Errol Fonseka Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy Office of the Attorney General the Anti Corruption Commission the Human Rights Commission the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority The EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States namely Belgium Germany Spain France Cyprus Netherlands Romania Finland and Sweden A delegation of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue
    European Union – Republic of Seychelles Joint press release : A strategic partnership to respond to multiple global challenges
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    European Union – Republic of Seychelles Joint press release : A strategic partnership to respond to multiple global challenges

    The 9th Political Dialogue was co-chaired by Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, and EU Ambassador, Mr Vincent Degert.Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security, sustainable blue economy, trade, investment as well as environment and climate change.Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism, the UN Charter and the universality of human rights, they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine.They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty, food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies.The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, said: - “Our engagement, covering a wide range of political, environmental and socioeconomic issues, allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values.It promotes sustainable development and climate action, encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors.Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events – a two-year pandemic, global inflation in food and energy prices, supply chain disruptions, and international and regional conflicts.As such, we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI), but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI.Avec le soutien de nos partenaires, nous pouvons créer un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements; éliminer les barrières empêchant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs économiques; et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renommée mondiale en soutenant le développement des industries des PME.Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d’un petit Etat insulaire dynamique, vibrant et pleines d'opportunités infinies.Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base économique diversifiée et une forte résilience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique.”The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mr Vincent Degert said: - “The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come.It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU-Seychelles partnership.We share the same commitment to multilateralism.We can also rely on a solid anchor: a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy, rule of law, freedom and human dignity.The EU Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one.It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security; sustainable economic growth; health and resilience; climate change and governance and human rights.”Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021, Seychelles and the European Union (EU) had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas.They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons.The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians.They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles’ food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency.The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles, calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws.Referring to several conflicts in Africa, they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security.Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall, they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism.Additionally, they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta’s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats, such as drugs and arms smuggling, and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU’s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region.They emphasized the importance of regional ownership, and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes.They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation.Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation, in the context of growing use of social platforms, they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data.Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlighting the ‘consequences of inaction’, Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation.Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high-emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius.The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution, in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles.In this context, the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission (AISCCC).The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora, notably at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, in November in Egypt, and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Canada in December.They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights.Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability, democratic governance and political transition, the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption.This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index.The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender-based violence.The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook.Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable, inclusive, digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science, technology and innovation.The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context.All along, the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles - the most important export market, the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments.The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows.With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries, they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management.The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles-EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC).Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC.The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest-Africa initiative organised under the high-patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU-Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa.The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti-money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance.The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level.Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti-money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations, but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists, which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries.As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation.They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region.The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate, a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU.The EU called for Seychelles’ support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic.With regard to the European Union-African Union Joint Vision for 2030, they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post-Cotonou Agreement.They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer, cleaner, fairer and more prosperous future.They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway, a significant investment package for a strong, inclusive, green and digital recovery and transformation.The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan, Minister of Finance, Trade and National Planning, Ms Devika Vidot, Minister for Investment, Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Mr Flavien Joubert, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Mrs Marie-Celine Zialor, Minister for Sports, Youth and Family Affairs, Mr Errol Fonseka, Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Office of the Attorney General, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority.The EU Ambassador, Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation.He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States, namely: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Cyprus, Netherlands, Romania, Finland and Sweden.A delegation of the EU Naval Force – Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue.

  •   The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union EU in the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Vincent Degert accompanied by representatives of nine EU Member States and a representative of the EU Naval Force paid a visit courtesy to the President of the Republic Mr Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House this morning The EU delegation is currently in Seychelles for the 9th Seychelles EU Political Dialogue which was co chaired yesterday by the Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and the EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert In his welcoming remarks the Head of State welcomed the delegation to the Government House and trusted that this year s Political Dialogue has given rise to fruitful discussions and has been conducive to fostering a greater understanding of the position of Seychelles and its development agenda He congratulated both of them Minister Radegonde and Ambassador Degert for leading the discussions The President underlined the importance that the Government of Seychelles attached to dynamic cooperation with the European Union where he reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen the Seychelles EU partnership which is based on shared values such as respect for democracy human rights and the rule of law and a strong commitment to promoting a rules based world order The fact that we have 9 Ambassadors or their representatives from the EU Member States is a great encouragement for us It shows the importance that the EU attaches to Seychelles even though we are the smallest as one of the African countries Seychelles appreciates the assistance and support of the EU You have been supporting the Attorney General s office the Financial Intelligence Unit the Anti Corruption Commission and is now fully involved in the expansion and rehabilitation of Port Victoria Through EU NAVFOR we have fought against piracy and I know we can go further and we will surely continue this conversation on the way forward said President Ramkalawan In his intervention the Head of the Delegation of the European Union EU Ambassador Degert highlighted and reiterated the commitment of the EU to support Seychelles and provide technical assistance when necessary to address problems at the local level During the meeting President Ramkalawan was briefed on the meeting in which the EU and Seychelles share common interests and how to better coordinate and work together regionally and internationally on agendas such as peace maritime security cybersecurity and disinformation climate change governance and human rights economic prospects illegal unreported and unregulated fishing the fight against money laundering and taking advantage of EU technical assistance among other topics It was also an opportunity for the Head of State and the EU delegation to further discuss the fight against illicit drugs and human trafficking maritime security the successful EU BlueInvest Africa held last month the upcoming Conference on Climate Change 2022 COP27 and the EU support for a multidimensional vulnerability index MVI which highlights the needs of small island states based on their vulnerabilities rather than their GDP per capita Also present at this morning s meeting were Vice President Ahmed Afif and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union Mr Degert was accompanied by the Ambassador of France HE Ms Olivia Berkeley Christmann Ambassador of Finland HE Mr Pirkka Tapiola Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr Maarten Brouwer Ambassador of Sweden HE Ms Vicini Caroline Ambassador of Romania HE Ms Monica Cecelia Sitaru High Commissioner of Cyprus HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides ES Captain Rafael Torrecillas del Prad EUNAVFOR Atalanta Chief of Staff Political Counselor Embassy of Germany Ms Julia Teyssen First Secretary Embassy of Spain Mr Alberto Santos First Secretary Embassy of Belgium Ms Jana de Graef and First Counselor European Union Ms Florence Van Houtte
    Seychelles-European Union (EU) Political Dialogue 2022 participants pay a courtesy visit to President Ramkalawan
      The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union EU in the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Vincent Degert accompanied by representatives of nine EU Member States and a representative of the EU Naval Force paid a visit courtesy to the President of the Republic Mr Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House this morning The EU delegation is currently in Seychelles for the 9th Seychelles EU Political Dialogue which was co chaired yesterday by the Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and the EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert In his welcoming remarks the Head of State welcomed the delegation to the Government House and trusted that this year s Political Dialogue has given rise to fruitful discussions and has been conducive to fostering a greater understanding of the position of Seychelles and its development agenda He congratulated both of them Minister Radegonde and Ambassador Degert for leading the discussions The President underlined the importance that the Government of Seychelles attached to dynamic cooperation with the European Union where he reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen the Seychelles EU partnership which is based on shared values such as respect for democracy human rights and the rule of law and a strong commitment to promoting a rules based world order The fact that we have 9 Ambassadors or their representatives from the EU Member States is a great encouragement for us It shows the importance that the EU attaches to Seychelles even though we are the smallest as one of the African countries Seychelles appreciates the assistance and support of the EU You have been supporting the Attorney General s office the Financial Intelligence Unit the Anti Corruption Commission and is now fully involved in the expansion and rehabilitation of Port Victoria Through EU NAVFOR we have fought against piracy and I know we can go further and we will surely continue this conversation on the way forward said President Ramkalawan In his intervention the Head of the Delegation of the European Union EU Ambassador Degert highlighted and reiterated the commitment of the EU to support Seychelles and provide technical assistance when necessary to address problems at the local level During the meeting President Ramkalawan was briefed on the meeting in which the EU and Seychelles share common interests and how to better coordinate and work together regionally and internationally on agendas such as peace maritime security cybersecurity and disinformation climate change governance and human rights economic prospects illegal unreported and unregulated fishing the fight against money laundering and taking advantage of EU technical assistance among other topics It was also an opportunity for the Head of State and the EU delegation to further discuss the fight against illicit drugs and human trafficking maritime security the successful EU BlueInvest Africa held last month the upcoming Conference on Climate Change 2022 COP27 and the EU support for a multidimensional vulnerability index MVI which highlights the needs of small island states based on their vulnerabilities rather than their GDP per capita Also present at this morning s meeting were Vice President Ahmed Afif and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union Mr Degert was accompanied by the Ambassador of France HE Ms Olivia Berkeley Christmann Ambassador of Finland HE Mr Pirkka Tapiola Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr Maarten Brouwer Ambassador of Sweden HE Ms Vicini Caroline Ambassador of Romania HE Ms Monica Cecelia Sitaru High Commissioner of Cyprus HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides ES Captain Rafael Torrecillas del Prad EUNAVFOR Atalanta Chief of Staff Political Counselor Embassy of Germany Ms Julia Teyssen First Secretary Embassy of Spain Mr Alberto Santos First Secretary Embassy of Belgium Ms Jana de Graef and First Counselor European Union Ms Florence Van Houtte
    Seychelles-European Union (EU) Political Dialogue 2022 participants pay a courtesy visit to President Ramkalawan
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    Seychelles-European Union (EU) Political Dialogue 2022 participants pay a courtesy visit to President Ramkalawan

    The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) in the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Vincent Degert, accompanied by representatives of nine EU Member States and a representative of the EU Naval Force, paid a visit courtesy to the President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House this morning.

    The EU delegation is currently in Seychelles for the 9th Seychelles-EU Political Dialogue which was co-chaired yesterday by the Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, and the EU Ambassador, Mr. Vincent Degert.

    In his welcoming remarks, the Head of State welcomed the delegation to the Government House and trusted that this year's Political Dialogue has given rise to fruitful discussions and has been conducive to fostering a greater understanding of the position of Seychelles and its development agenda.

    He congratulated both of them; Minister Radegonde and Ambassador Degert for leading the discussions.

    The President underlined the importance that the Government of Seychelles attached to dynamic cooperation with the European Union, where he reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen the Seychelles-EU partnership, which is based on shared values ​​such as respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law and a strong commitment to promoting a rules-based world order.

    “The fact that we have 9 Ambassadors or their representatives from the EU Member States is a great encouragement for us.

    It shows the importance that the EU attaches to Seychelles, even though we are the smallest as one of the African countries.

    Seychelles appreciates the assistance and support of the EU.

    You have been supporting the Attorney General's office; the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Anti-Corruption Commission, and is now fully involved in the expansion and rehabilitation of Port Victoria.

    Through EU NAVFOR, we have fought against piracy, and I know we can go further, and we will surely continue this conversation on the way forward,” said President Ramkalawan.

    In his intervention, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU), Ambassador Degert highlighted and reiterated the commitment of the EU to support Seychelles and provide technical assistance when necessary to address problems at the local level.

    During the meeting, President Ramkalawan was briefed on the meeting in which the EU and Seychelles share common interests, and how to better coordinate and work together regionally and internationally, on agendas such as peace, maritime security, cybersecurity and disinformation.

    , climate change, governance and human rights, economic prospects, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, the fight against money laundering and taking advantage of EU technical assistance, among other topics.

    It was also an opportunity for the Head of State and the EU delegation to further discuss the fight against illicit drugs and human trafficking, maritime security, the successful EU BlueInvest Africa held last month, the upcoming Conference on Climate Change 2022 (COP27) and the EU support for a multidimensional vulnerability index (MVI), which highlights the needs of small island states based on their vulnerabilities rather than their GDP per capita.

    Also present at this morning's meeting were Vice President Ahmed Afif and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, The Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union, Mr. Degert was accompanied by the Ambassador of France HE Ms Olivia Berkeley Christmann, Ambassador of Finland, HE Mr Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, HE Mr Maarten Brouwer, Ambassador of Sweden, HE Ms Vicini Caroline, Ambassador of Romania, HE Ms Monica Cecelia Sitaru, , High Commissioner of Cyprus, HE Mr. Andreas Nikolaides, ES Captain Rafael Torrecillas del Prad, EUNAVFOR Atalanta Chief of Staff, Political Counselor, Embassy of Germany, Ms. Julia Teyssen, First Secretary, Embassy of Spain Mr. Alberto Santos, First Secretary, Embassy of Belgium, Ms. Jana de Graef, and First Counselor, European Union, Ms. Florence Van Houtte.

  •   The 9th Political Dialogue was co chaired by Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security sustainable blue economy trade investment as well as environment and climate change Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism the UN Charter and the universality of human rights they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde said Our engagement covering a wide range of political environmental and socioeconomic issues allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values It promotes sustainable development and climate action encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events a two year pandemic global inflation in food and energy prices supply chain disruptions and international and regional conflicts As such we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI Avec le soutien de nos partenaires nous pouvons cr er un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements liminer les barri res emp chant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs conomiques et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renomm e mondiale en soutenant le d veloppement des industries des PME Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d un petit Etat insulaire dynamique vibrant et pleines d opportunit s infinies Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base conomique diversifi e et une forte r silience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles H E Mr Vincent Degert said The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU Seychelles partnership We share the same commitment to multilateralism We can also rely on a solid anchor a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy rule of law freedom and human dignity The EU Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security sustainable economic growth health and resilience climate change and governance and human rights Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021 Seychelles and the European Union EU had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws Referring to several conflicts in Africa they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism Additionally they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats such as drugs and arms smuggling and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region They emphasized the importance of regional ownership and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation in the context of growing use of social platforms they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change IPCC report highlighting the consequences of inaction Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1 5 degrees Celsius The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles In this context the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission AISCCC The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora notably at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November in Egypt and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15 in Canada in December They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability democratic governance and political transition the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender based violence The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable inclusive digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science technology and innovation The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context All along the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles the most important export market the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement EPA The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent deter and eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated IUU fishing They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission s IOTC Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest Africa initiative organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU The EU called for Seychelles support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic With regard to the European Union African Union Joint Vision for 2030 they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post Cotonou Agreement They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer cleaner fairer and more prosperous future They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway a significant investment package for a strong inclusive green and digital recovery and transformation The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan Minister of Finance Trade and National Planning Ms Devika Vidot Minister for Investment Industry and Entrepreneurship Development Mr Flavien Joubert Minister for Agriculture Environment and Climate Change Mrs Marie Celine Zialor Minister for Sports Youth and Family Affairs Mr Errol Fonseka Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy Office of the Attorney General the Anti Corruption Commission the Human Rights Commission the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority The EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States namely Belgium Germany Spain France Cyprus Netherlands Romania Finland and Sweden A delegation of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue
    Seychelles: 9th European Union Political Dialogue
      The 9th Political Dialogue was co chaired by Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde and EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security sustainable blue economy trade investment as well as environment and climate change Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism the UN Charter and the universality of human rights they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde said Our engagement covering a wide range of political environmental and socioeconomic issues allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values It promotes sustainable development and climate action encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events a two year pandemic global inflation in food and energy prices supply chain disruptions and international and regional conflicts As such we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI Avec le soutien de nos partenaires nous pouvons cr er un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements liminer les barri res emp chant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs conomiques et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renomm e mondiale en soutenant le d veloppement des industries des PME Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d un petit Etat insulaire dynamique vibrant et pleines d opportunit s infinies Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base conomique diversifi e et une forte r silience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles H E Mr Vincent Degert said The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU Seychelles partnership We share the same commitment to multilateralism We can also rely on a solid anchor a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy rule of law freedom and human dignity The EU Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security sustainable economic growth health and resilience climate change and governance and human rights Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021 Seychelles and the European Union EU had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws Referring to several conflicts in Africa they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism Additionally they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats such as drugs and arms smuggling and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region They emphasized the importance of regional ownership and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation in the context of growing use of social platforms they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change IPCC report highlighting the consequences of inaction Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1 5 degrees Celsius The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles In this context the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission AISCCC The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora notably at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November in Egypt and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15 in Canada in December They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability democratic governance and political transition the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender based violence The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable inclusive digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science technology and innovation The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context All along the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles the most important export market the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement EPA The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent deter and eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated IUU fishing They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission s IOTC Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest Africa initiative organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU The EU called for Seychelles support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic With regard to the European Union African Union Joint Vision for 2030 they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post Cotonou Agreement They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer cleaner fairer and more prosperous future They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway a significant investment package for a strong inclusive green and digital recovery and transformation The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan Minister of Finance Trade and National Planning Ms Devika Vidot Minister for Investment Industry and Entrepreneurship Development Mr Flavien Joubert Minister for Agriculture Environment and Climate Change Mrs Marie Celine Zialor Minister for Sports Youth and Family Affairs Mr Errol Fonseka Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy Office of the Attorney General the Anti Corruption Commission the Human Rights Commission the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority The EU Ambassador Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States namely Belgium Germany Spain France Cyprus Netherlands Romania Finland and Sweden A delegation of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue
    Seychelles: 9th European Union Political Dialogue
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    Seychelles: 9th European Union Political Dialogue

    The 9th Political Dialogue was co-chaired by Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, and EU Ambassador, Mr Vincent Degert.

    Both expressed satisfaction for the achievements of the strategic partnership and agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of maritime security, sustainable blue economy, trade, investment as well as environment and climate change.

    Reaffirming their strong attachment to multilateralism, the UN Charter and the universality of human rights, they also shared views on the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the Russian war against Ukraine.

    They concluded on the importance of a stronger cooperation to address the global crises and their ongoing consequences notably on poverty, food security and energy with a view to reinforce the resilience of our economies and societies.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, said:“Our engagement, covering a wide range of political, environmental and socioeconomic issues, allows for an extensive dialogue reaffirming our mutual interests and values.

    It promotes sustainable development and climate action, encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors.

    Our vulnerabilities have been further heightened by recent global events – a two-year pandemic, global inflation in food and energy prices, supply chain disruptions, and international and regional conflicts.

    As such, we will continue to passionately advocate for a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI), but we also call on your support to leverage your influence in securing a universal adoption of the MVI.

    Avec le soutien de nos partenaires, nous pouvons créer un environnement propice aux commerce et aux investissements; éliminer les barrières empêchant la pleine participation des femmes dans tous les secteurs économiques; et promouvoir une marque seychelloise de renommée mondiale en soutenant le développement des industries des PME.

    Notre vision des Seychelles est celle d’un petit Etat insulaire dynamique, vibrant et pleines d'opportunités infinies.

    Des Seychelles innovantes mais vierges avec une base économique diversifiée et une forte résilience face aux chocs externes et au changement climatique.”The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mr Vincent Degert said:- “The multiple challenges we are facing underline with strength that humanity is at risk and that we need more than ever a stronger multilateralism to reinforce cooperation in building and increasing our resilience to be able to tackle for current and future crises to come.

    It is in this challenging and difficult context that we can all the more fully appreciate the value of the EU-Seychelles partnership.

    We share the same commitment to multilateralism.

    We can also rely on a solid anchor: a strong attachment to universal fundamental values like democracy, rule of law, freedom and human dignity.

    The EU-Seychelles partnership is clearly a strategic one.

    It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue a broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of common interest like peace and security; sustainable economic growth; health and resilience; climate change and governance and human rights.”Recalling the positive outcome of the last Political Dialogue in October 2021, Seychelles and the European Union (EU) had an open and fruitful exchange of views on subjects of mutual interest that are high on their agendas.

    They agreed to work towards strong and converging positions in multilateral fora with regard to global crisis and the management of global commons.

    The Parties reaffirmed their support to the UN Resolutions on the aggression against Ukraine and on its Humanitarian consequences of adopted on 2nd and 24th of March 2022 and called for a return to peace and safety for civilians.

    They discussed the consequences of the war on global food security and energy prices and agreed to explore how they can work together to boost Seychelles’ food sovereignty as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    The EU commended the consistent vote of Seychelles at the United Nations in favour of the full application of Universal Charter and its core principles, calling for an end to the repeated violations against international and humanitarian laws.

    Referring to several conflicts in Africa, they agreed to continue working together at pan African and regional level to promote peace and security.

    Reiterating the importance of safe seas and freedom of navigation for trade and the economy overall, they acknowledged their fruitful cooperation in the fight against piracy and underlined the pivotal role of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination hosted by Seychelles within the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism.

    Additionally, they underscored the importance of the EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta’s latest extension of scope of operations to include other maritime threats, such as drugs and arms smuggling, and IUU fishing in their recognition of the EU’s prominent role in contributing to maritime security in the region.

    They emphasized the importance of regional ownership, and welcomed the ongoing discussions that will result in a deterrent effect on illicit maritime crimes.

    They also committed to continuing the work to finalise an agreement to strengthen their cooperation.

    Referring to new threats to the functioning of democratic society such as cybersecurity and disinformation, in the context of growing use of social platforms, they agreed to explore ways to work together in these areas for a safer internet and the protection of personal data.

    Recalling their joint commitment to the Paris Agreement of 2015 and taking account of the latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlighting the ‘consequences of inaction’, Seychelles and the EU underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement full implementation.

    Seychelles called upon the leadership of the EU to urge other high-emitting countries to respect global commitments on climate action, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and capping average global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    The EU confirmed its willingness to lead by example by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 with the EU Green Deal and its commitment to support partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contribution, in particular Small Island Developing States like Seychelles.

    In this context, the EU commended Seychelles on its role as the Chair of the African Island States Climate Change Commission (AISCCC).

    The Parties agreed to endeavour to create strong alliances in international fora, notably at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, in November in Egypt, and in the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Canada in December. 

    They also exchanged views on the governance and human rights situation in Seychelles and reaffirmed their strong attachment to democratic values and respect for human rights.

    Recalling that Seychelles is considered a model in Africa in terms of stability, democratic governance and political transition, the EU reaffirmed its readiness to continue to support Seychelles in reinforcing the capacity of its administration as well as in the fight against corruption.

    This is an area where Seychelles has made significant progress as demonstrated by the improved ranking in the MoIbrahim Index.

    The Parties also highlighted that the finalisation of the updated Gender GAP Analysis and Gender Country Profile will be instrumental to promote gender equality and fight against gender-based violence.

    The Parties discussed about the multiple risks to the global economic outlook.

    Seychelles apprised the EU of the national efforts to create a sustainable, inclusive, digitalised and diversified economy and called for greater support in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

    The EU commended Seychelles for achieving a strong fiscal performance and for addressing macroeconomic imbalances in a challenging context.

    All along, the EU has remained a key business partner for Seychelles - the most important export market, the first provider of tourists and a reliable source of foreign investments.

    The EU reiterated its support to Seychelles economic diversification and attracting investment in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

    The Parties took note of the state of play of the ongoing negotiations for deepening the EPA aimed at moving beyond trade in goods towards a more comprehensive agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment flows.

    With regard to their strategic partnership in the area of fisheries, they agreed to continue joining forces to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

    They recalled the benefits of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in promoting artisanal fisheries and supporting sustainable fisheries management.

    The EU underlined the importance of the Seychelles-EU partnership in advocating strongly for sustainable fisheries within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC).

    Seychelles encouraged the EU to solidify alliances with the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa coastal states with the aim of identifying a common position on matters concerning the IOTC.

    The Parties took note of the positive outcome of the BlueInvest-Africa initiative organised under the high-patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles and advocated for a follow up to this event as a key platform for fostering the EU-Africa cooperation and promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa.

    The EU congratulated Seychelles for being removed from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.

    The EU further encouraged Seychelles to continue its efforts to align with international best practices in the anti-money laundering and to make best use of its technical assistance. 

    The EU thereby confirmed its readiness to continue to work with Seychelles in these areas that are the subject of increased attention at the international level.

    Seychelles welcomed and thanked the EU for technical assistance received in tackling anti-money laundering and addressing strategic deficiencies in national legislations, but aligned itself with the OACPS in decrying the practice of unilateral publications of blacklists, which it considers to go against the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and tarnishes the reputation and image of developing countries.

    As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, both parties recognised the importance of building resilience to any future pandemic and maintaining cooperation.

    They acknowledged the Team Europe support had contributed to enhance the epidemiological surveillance within the region.

    The EU congratulated Seychelles on its management of the sanitary crisis and on achieving mutual recognition of Digital COVID Certificate, a key step for facilitating travel between Seychelles and the EU.

    The EU called for Seychelles’ support with regard to the proposal for a pandemic treaty to enable the international community to cooperate more efficiently and better respond in the event of another pandemic.

    With regard to the European Union-African Union Joint Vision for 2030, they discussed the future of their partnership in the context of the post-Cotonou Agreement. 

    They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals as the reference for a safer, cleaner, fairer and more prosperous future.

    They also discussed about the EU Global Gateway, a significant investment package for a strong, inclusive, green and digital recovery and transformation.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr Naadir Hassan, Minister of Finance, Trade and National Planning, Ms Devika Vidot, Minister for Investment, Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Mr Flavien Joubert, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Mrs Marie-Celine Zialor, Minister for Sports, Youth and Family Affairs, Mr Errol Fonseka, Minister for Internal Affairs and representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Office of the Attorney General, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Seychelles Ports Authority and the Seychelles Maritime Security Authority.

    The EU Ambassador, Mr Vincent Degert led the EU Delegation.

    He was accompanied by ambassadors and representatives from 9 Member States, namely: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Cyprus, Netherlands, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

    A delegation of the EU Naval Force – Somalia Operation ATALANTA also participated in the Political Dialogue.

  •   The newly accredited High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde on Monday October 3 2022 at Maison Queau de Quinssy Minister Radegonde and High Commissioner Nikolaides discussed shared interests between the two countries particularly in the environmental sector climate change threats affecting coastal states and maritime security through the European Union ATALANTA operation They also recognized the similarity between nations that have historical ties and island nations that face similar challenges For his part High Commissioner Nikolaides expressed his desire to build on existing cooperation and discuss areas for future collaboration especially in the field of blue economy and tourism among others He also assured Minister Radegonde that Cyprus would support and advocate for Small Island Developing States like Seychelles regarding the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index on international platforms HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides will have his headquarters in Muscat Oman Also present at the meeting were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs Ms Johnette Stephen and the Second Secretary Ms Z nab Kant Seychelles and Cyprus established diplomatic relations in July 1976
    The newly accredited High Commissioner of Cyprus pays a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles
      The newly accredited High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde on Monday October 3 2022 at Maison Queau de Quinssy Minister Radegonde and High Commissioner Nikolaides discussed shared interests between the two countries particularly in the environmental sector climate change threats affecting coastal states and maritime security through the European Union ATALANTA operation They also recognized the similarity between nations that have historical ties and island nations that face similar challenges For his part High Commissioner Nikolaides expressed his desire to build on existing cooperation and discuss areas for future collaboration especially in the field of blue economy and tourism among others He also assured Minister Radegonde that Cyprus would support and advocate for Small Island Developing States like Seychelles regarding the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index on international platforms HE Mr Andreas Nikolaides will have his headquarters in Muscat Oman Also present at the meeting were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs Ms Johnette Stephen and the Second Secretary Ms Z nab Kant Seychelles and Cyprus established diplomatic relations in July 1976
    The newly accredited High Commissioner of Cyprus pays a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles
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    The newly accredited High Commissioner of Cyprus pays a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles

    The newly accredited High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Andreas Nikolaides, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Maison Queau de Quinssy.

    Minister Radegonde and High Commissioner Nikolaides discussed shared interests between the two countries, particularly in the environmental sector, climate change threats affecting coastal states, and maritime security, through the European Union; ATALANTA operation.

    They also recognized the similarity between nations that have historical ties and island nations that face similar challenges.

    For his part, High Commissioner Nikolaides expressed his desire to build on existing cooperation and discuss areas for future collaboration, especially in the field of blue economy and tourism, among others.

    He also assured Minister Radegonde that Cyprus would support and advocate for Small Island Developing States like Seychelles regarding the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index on international platforms.

    HE Mr. Andreas Nikolaides will have his headquarters in Muscat, Oman. Also present at the meeting were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs, Ms. Johnette Stephen, and the Second Secretary, Ms. Zénab Kanté.

    Seychelles and Cyprus established diplomatic relations in July 1976.

  •   The new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles HE Andreas Nikolaides presented his credentials to President Wavel Ramkalawan during a ceremony held at the State House yesterday morning President Ramkalawan welcomed HE High Commissioner Nikolaides to Seychelles and congratulated him on his accreditation which will allow the two countries to work closely together and see concrete results The discussions between the Head of State and High Commissioner Nikolaides focused on different sectors that could revive and strengthen closer collaboration between Seychelles and Cyprus such as tourism health education as well as trade and investment They also spoke about the excellent cooperation between Seychelles and the European Union EU in the international arena in which both President Ramkalawan and High Commissioner Nikolaides reciprocate the importance of the relationship between the two parties to continue moving forward steadily Diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Cyprus were established on July 1 1976 High Commissioner Nikolaides will be based in Muscat Oman He was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Seychelles Mrs Georgia Van Heyste Also present at this morning s ceremony was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde the Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Director General of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ms Lindy Ernesta and the Second Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ms Z nab Kant
    Seychelles and Cyprus will push relations to greater heights with the accreditation of the new Cypriot High Commissioner
      The new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles HE Andreas Nikolaides presented his credentials to President Wavel Ramkalawan during a ceremony held at the State House yesterday morning President Ramkalawan welcomed HE High Commissioner Nikolaides to Seychelles and congratulated him on his accreditation which will allow the two countries to work closely together and see concrete results The discussions between the Head of State and High Commissioner Nikolaides focused on different sectors that could revive and strengthen closer collaboration between Seychelles and Cyprus such as tourism health education as well as trade and investment They also spoke about the excellent cooperation between Seychelles and the European Union EU in the international arena in which both President Ramkalawan and High Commissioner Nikolaides reciprocate the importance of the relationship between the two parties to continue moving forward steadily Diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Cyprus were established on July 1 1976 High Commissioner Nikolaides will be based in Muscat Oman He was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Seychelles Mrs Georgia Van Heyste Also present at this morning s ceremony was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Mr Sylvestre Radegonde the Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Director General of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ms Lindy Ernesta and the Second Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ms Z nab Kant
    Seychelles and Cyprus will push relations to greater heights with the accreditation of the new Cypriot High Commissioner
    Africa2 months ago

    Seychelles and Cyprus will push relations to greater heights with the accreditation of the new Cypriot High Commissioner

    The new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Andreas Nikolaides, presented his credentials to President Wavel Ramkalawan during a ceremony held at the State House yesterday morning.

    President Ramkalawan welcomed HE High Commissioner Nikolaides to Seychelles and congratulated him on his accreditation, which will allow the two countries to work closely together and see concrete results.

    The discussions between the Head of State and High Commissioner Nikolaides focused on different sectors that could revive and strengthen closer collaboration between Seychelles and Cyprus, such as tourism, health, education, as well as trade and investment.

    They also spoke about the excellent cooperation between Seychelles and the European Union (EU) in the international arena, in which both President Ramkalawan and High Commissioner Nikolaides reciprocate the importance of the relationship between the two parties to continue moving forward steadily.

    Diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Cyprus were established on July 1, 1976.

    High Commissioner Nikolaides will be based in Muscat, Oman. He was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Seychelles, Mrs. Georgia Van Heyste.

    Also present at this morning's ceremony was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde.

    the Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, the Director General of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Lindy Ernesta, and the Second Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Zénab Kanté.

  •  The European Commission says it is set to take Malta to court over contested golden passports or citizen investment scheme the EU executive arm announced on Thursday Giving citizenship pre determined payments or investments without any genuine link to an EU member state runs counter to the union s principles the commission said in a statement The commission said that it had been putting pressure on Malta Bulgaria and Cyprus to halt the practice of issuing golden passports These have become popular as they allow holders the full rights of EU citizenship including free movements within the 27 country bloc Brussels says the practice has allowed criminal groups to gain access to the EU who have in turn been engaged in money laundering corruption and tax evasion the statement said It added that in March Bulgaria bowed to pressure to end the scheme Cyprus did so the previous year Malta is the only country still offering golden passports according to the commission it said The statement also added that the Mediterranean island country ended the citizen investment scheme for Russian and Belarusian nationals in the aftermath of the Ukraine war a positive step according to the commission Malta however had continued to operate the scheme for other nationalities and had not expressed any intention to end it the EU executive arm said The statement added that the case had now gone to the European Court of Justice the latest step in a so called infringement procedure that could potentially result in a fine against Malta NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU Commission takes Malta to court over ‘golden passport’ scheme
     The European Commission says it is set to take Malta to court over contested golden passports or citizen investment scheme the EU executive arm announced on Thursday Giving citizenship pre determined payments or investments without any genuine link to an EU member state runs counter to the union s principles the commission said in a statement The commission said that it had been putting pressure on Malta Bulgaria and Cyprus to halt the practice of issuing golden passports These have become popular as they allow holders the full rights of EU citizenship including free movements within the 27 country bloc Brussels says the practice has allowed criminal groups to gain access to the EU who have in turn been engaged in money laundering corruption and tax evasion the statement said It added that in March Bulgaria bowed to pressure to end the scheme Cyprus did so the previous year Malta is the only country still offering golden passports according to the commission it said The statement also added that the Mediterranean island country ended the citizen investment scheme for Russian and Belarusian nationals in the aftermath of the Ukraine war a positive step according to the commission Malta however had continued to operate the scheme for other nationalities and had not expressed any intention to end it the EU executive arm said The statement added that the case had now gone to the European Court of Justice the latest step in a so called infringement procedure that could potentially result in a fine against Malta NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU Commission takes Malta to court over ‘golden passport’ scheme
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    EU Commission takes Malta to court over ‘golden passport’ scheme

    The European Commission says it is set to take Malta to court over  contested “golden passports’’ or citizen investment scheme, the EU executive arm announced on Thursday.  

    Giving citizenship pre-determined payments or investments without any genuine link to an EU member state runs counter to the union’s principles, the commission said in a statement.  

    The commission said that it had been putting pressure on Malta, Bulgaria and Cyprus to halt the practice of issuing golden passports.  

    “These have become popular as they allow holders the full rights of EU citizenship, including free movements within the 27-country bloc.  

    “Brussels says the practice has allowed criminal groups to gain access to the EU, who have in turn been engaged in money-laundering, corruption and tax evasion,’’ the statement said.  

    It added that in March, Bulgaria bowed to pressure to end the scheme.  

    Cyprus did so the previous year.

    Malta is the only country still offering golden passports according to the commission, it said.  

    The statement also added that the Mediterranean island country ended the citizen investment scheme for Russian and Belarusian nationals in the aftermath of the Ukraine war, a positive step according to the commission.  

    Malta, however, had continued to operate the scheme for other nationalities and had not expressed any intention to end it, the EU executive arm said.  

    The statement added that the case had now gone to the European Court of Justice, the latest step in a so-called infringement procedure that could potentially result in a fine against Malta.  


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  •  Russian investigative authorities have arrested the director of a major arms manufacturing company on suspicion of fraud according to a media report Yuri Shumsky General Director of the state enterprise Sverdlov Plant one of the country s largest companies for the production of explosives was arrested the daily Kommersant posted online on Monday evening The case was said to concern export transactions with NATO countries which were carried out through intermediaries in Switzerland and Austria among other countries Shumsky was only appointed director of the factory shortly before the war began Officially it was a case of pure fraud 7 10 per cent of the contract sum was siphoned off via letterbox companies they said Duma deputy Dmitry Kuznetsov who had called for the investigation spoke of a self cleaning of the industry after the arrest However political motivation cannot be ruled out Kuznetsov had called for investigations into the export of explosives to Bulgaria Britain Serbia and Cyprus The explosives could have been used for military purposes in hostile NATO countries he complained Shumsky had only been appointed director of Sverdlov Plant at the beginning of the year after a series of explosions and fires in the manufacturing halls among other things had occurred under his predecessor Even after the start of the Russian war against Ukraine there were a number of accidents in Russian defence companies which led to speculation about sabotage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Director of Russian arms firm arrested for fraud
     Russian investigative authorities have arrested the director of a major arms manufacturing company on suspicion of fraud according to a media report Yuri Shumsky General Director of the state enterprise Sverdlov Plant one of the country s largest companies for the production of explosives was arrested the daily Kommersant posted online on Monday evening The case was said to concern export transactions with NATO countries which were carried out through intermediaries in Switzerland and Austria among other countries Shumsky was only appointed director of the factory shortly before the war began Officially it was a case of pure fraud 7 10 per cent of the contract sum was siphoned off via letterbox companies they said Duma deputy Dmitry Kuznetsov who had called for the investigation spoke of a self cleaning of the industry after the arrest However political motivation cannot be ruled out Kuznetsov had called for investigations into the export of explosives to Bulgaria Britain Serbia and Cyprus The explosives could have been used for military purposes in hostile NATO countries he complained Shumsky had only been appointed director of Sverdlov Plant at the beginning of the year after a series of explosions and fires in the manufacturing halls among other things had occurred under his predecessor Even after the start of the Russian war against Ukraine there were a number of accidents in Russian defence companies which led to speculation about sabotage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Director of Russian arms firm arrested for fraud
    Foreign2 months ago

    Director of Russian arms firm arrested for fraud

    Russian investigative authorities have arrested the director of a major arms manufacturing company on suspicion of fraud, according to a media report.

    “Yuri Shumsky, General-Director of the state enterprise ‘Sverdlov Plant, one of the country’s largest companies for the production of explosives, was arrested,’’ the daily Kommersant posted online on Monday evening.

    The case was said to concern export transactions with NATO countries, which were carried out through intermediaries in Switzerland and Austria, among other countries.

    Shumsky was only appointed director of the factory shortly before the war began.

    Officially, it was a case of pure fraud: 7-10 per cent of the contract sum was siphoned off via letterbox companies, they said.

    Duma deputy Dmitry Kuznetsov, who had called for the investigation, spoke of a self-cleaning of the industry after the arrest.

    However, political motivation cannot be ruled out.

    Kuznetsov had called for investigations into the export of explosives to Bulgaria, Britain, Serbia and Cyprus.

    The explosives could have been used for military purposes in hostile NATO countries, he complained.

    Shumsky had only been appointed director of Sverdlov Plant at the beginning of the year, after a series of explosions and fires in the manufacturing halls, among other things, had occurred under his predecessor.

    Even after the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, there were a number of accidents in Russian defence companies, which led to speculation about sabotage.


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  •  The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday the second such operation in as many days The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles 204 kilometres south east of the Mediterranean island on Monday The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon state radio RIK reported citing the coastguard There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area According to the coastguard all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear as was where the rescued people were to be taken Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy The route is long and dangerous running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece On long journeys the eldest and worn out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents According to migrants the smugglers charge between 3 000 euros and 5 000 euros 3 000 to 5 000 dollars per head per trip According to EU statistics Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years measured against the size of its population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days
     The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday the second such operation in as many days The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles 204 kilometres south east of the Mediterranean island on Monday The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon state radio RIK reported citing the coastguard There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area According to the coastguard all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear as was where the rescued people were to be taken Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy The route is long and dangerous running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece On long journeys the eldest and worn out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents According to migrants the smugglers charge between 3 000 euros and 5 000 euros 3 000 to 5 000 dollars per head per trip According to EU statistics Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years measured against the size of its population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days
    Foreign2 months ago

    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days

    The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday, the second such operation in as many days.

    The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles (204 kilometres) south-east of the Mediterranean island on Monday.

    The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon, state radio RIK reported, citing the coastguard.

    There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus.

    They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area.

    According to the coastguard, all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in.

    They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon.

    Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear, as was where the rescued people were to be taken.

    Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy.

    The route is long and dangerous, running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece.

    On long journeys, the eldest and worn-out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents.

    According to migrants, the smugglers charge between 3,000 euros and 5,000 euros (3,000 to 5,000 dollars) per head per trip.

    According to EU statistics, Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years, measured against the size of its population.

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  •  The former President of the Cypriot parliament Demetris Syllouris with former politician two lawyers were on Monday charged with corruption and conspiring against the state of Cyprus over the golden passports scandal The scheme came to light two years ago after a video secretly filmed by broadcaster Al Jazeera implicated Syllouris in plan to help a Chinese man facing prison due to money laundering attain Cypriot citizenship The video prompted the resignation of Syllouris and another parliamentarian The Cypriot passport programme which had also been used by a large number of Russian citizens was subsequently closed partly due to pressure from the EU Cyprus had offered applicants a so called golden passport for people who had invested at least 2 5 million 2 5 million in Cyprus Cyprus has been an EU member country since 2004 and its passports therefore offer freedom of movement and labour within the whole of the EU In August an investigation in Cyprus found that the scandal runs even deeper Between 2007 and 2020 3 517 people and 3 810 of their close relations received Cypriot citizenship However a large number of these passports were given illegally The Cypriot press further reported that people were expected to be charged NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-President of Cypriot parliament charged over passport scandal
     The former President of the Cypriot parliament Demetris Syllouris with former politician two lawyers were on Monday charged with corruption and conspiring against the state of Cyprus over the golden passports scandal The scheme came to light two years ago after a video secretly filmed by broadcaster Al Jazeera implicated Syllouris in plan to help a Chinese man facing prison due to money laundering attain Cypriot citizenship The video prompted the resignation of Syllouris and another parliamentarian The Cypriot passport programme which had also been used by a large number of Russian citizens was subsequently closed partly due to pressure from the EU Cyprus had offered applicants a so called golden passport for people who had invested at least 2 5 million 2 5 million in Cyprus Cyprus has been an EU member country since 2004 and its passports therefore offer freedom of movement and labour within the whole of the EU In August an investigation in Cyprus found that the scandal runs even deeper Between 2007 and 2020 3 517 people and 3 810 of their close relations received Cypriot citizenship However a large number of these passports were given illegally The Cypriot press further reported that people were expected to be charged NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-President of Cypriot parliament charged over passport scandal
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    Ex-President of Cypriot parliament charged over passport scandal

    The former President of the Cypriot parliament, Demetris Syllouris, with former politician, two lawyers, were on Monday charged with corruption and conspiring against the state of Cyprus over the “golden passports” scandal.

    The scheme came to light two years ago after a video secretly filmed by broadcaster, Al Jazeera implicated Syllouris in plan to help a Chinese man facing prison due to money laundering attain Cypriot citizenship.

    The video prompted the resignation of Syllouris and another parliamentarian.

    The Cypriot passport programme, which had also been used by a large number of Russian citizens, was subsequently closed, partly due to pressure from the EU.

    Cyprus had offered applicants a so-called golden passport for people who had invested at least €2.5 million ($2.5 million) in Cyprus.

    Cyprus has been an EU member country since 2004, and its passports therefore offer freedom of movement and labour within the whole of the EU.

    In August, an investigation in Cyprus found that the scandal runs even deeper.

    Between 2007 and 2020, 3,517 people and 3,810 of their close relations received Cypriot citizenship.

    However, a large number of these passports were given illegally.

    The Cypriot press further reported that people were expected to be charged.


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  •  The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM says a 28 year old Nigerian student has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since Aug 2 The commission said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Abdur Rahman Balogun Head of Media Public Relations and Protocol Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by his mother Mrs Dije Ibraheem The report of the missing student came barely 24 hours after NiDCOM repeated advisory to Nigerians against seeking educational succour in T rkiye Republic of Northern Cyprus He said that the missing student AbdulSamad Abubakar had called the mother on Aug 2 through another person s phone number crying they have come to pick me up to a detention camp Mrs Ibraheem said AbdulSamad is a 300 Level International Relations student of Cyprus Science University and was living off campus She said since that call on Aug 2 2022 from an unknown number with her son wailing and asking for help she has not known his whereabout or heard any news from him or the school authorities Confused on what to do she reached out to the agent who secured the admission and travelling documents for her son but he was not forthcoming too The woman also said she had written a petition to the Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before coming to seek for NiDCOM s intervention Balogun added According to him the woman s prayer is to get her only son back to Nigeria alive I am here today at NiDCOM to beg you in the name of God to help me bring back my son alive as I am scared of hearing any bad news about my only child Please help me I am a single mother she was quoted as saying The Secretary of the Commission Sule Bassi received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of NiDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa He assured Ibraheem that everything possible would be done to locate her son and bring him back to Nigeria Bassi however reminded her that diplomatic services would be difficult because Nigeria and the United Nations had no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus He however assured her that further investigation would be carried out by the Commission in conjuction with the Nigeria Embassy in Ankara Turkey Here at NiDCOM we are concerned about the welfare of Nigerians abroad as well as encouraging them to invest back home for national development he said The secretary advised Ibraheem to take care of her health as the commission investigates the matter He reiterated the earlier advisory given by the Commission against sending students to Northern Cyprus due to negative reports from there especially from students NAN reports that Turkey s Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Hidayet Bayraktar on Thursday issued an open letter describing the advisory by the Commission as exaggerated NiDCOM however responded by releasing the list of Nigerians murdered in Northern Cyprus within three years NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mother seeks NiDCOM’s help as child goes missing in Northern Cyprus 
     The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM says a 28 year old Nigerian student has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since Aug 2 The commission said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Abdur Rahman Balogun Head of Media Public Relations and Protocol Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by his mother Mrs Dije Ibraheem The report of the missing student came barely 24 hours after NiDCOM repeated advisory to Nigerians against seeking educational succour in T rkiye Republic of Northern Cyprus He said that the missing student AbdulSamad Abubakar had called the mother on Aug 2 through another person s phone number crying they have come to pick me up to a detention camp Mrs Ibraheem said AbdulSamad is a 300 Level International Relations student of Cyprus Science University and was living off campus She said since that call on Aug 2 2022 from an unknown number with her son wailing and asking for help she has not known his whereabout or heard any news from him or the school authorities Confused on what to do she reached out to the agent who secured the admission and travelling documents for her son but he was not forthcoming too The woman also said she had written a petition to the Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before coming to seek for NiDCOM s intervention Balogun added According to him the woman s prayer is to get her only son back to Nigeria alive I am here today at NiDCOM to beg you in the name of God to help me bring back my son alive as I am scared of hearing any bad news about my only child Please help me I am a single mother she was quoted as saying The Secretary of the Commission Sule Bassi received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of NiDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa He assured Ibraheem that everything possible would be done to locate her son and bring him back to Nigeria Bassi however reminded her that diplomatic services would be difficult because Nigeria and the United Nations had no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus He however assured her that further investigation would be carried out by the Commission in conjuction with the Nigeria Embassy in Ankara Turkey Here at NiDCOM we are concerned about the welfare of Nigerians abroad as well as encouraging them to invest back home for national development he said The secretary advised Ibraheem to take care of her health as the commission investigates the matter He reiterated the earlier advisory given by the Commission against sending students to Northern Cyprus due to negative reports from there especially from students NAN reports that Turkey s Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Hidayet Bayraktar on Thursday issued an open letter describing the advisory by the Commission as exaggerated NiDCOM however responded by releasing the list of Nigerians murdered in Northern Cyprus within three years NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mother seeks NiDCOM’s help as child goes missing in Northern Cyprus 
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    Mother seeks NiDCOM’s help as child goes missing in Northern Cyprus 

    The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says a 28-year-old Nigerian student has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since Aug. 2. The commission said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocol.

    Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by his mother, Mrs Dije Ibraheem.

    The report of the missing student came barely 24 hours after NiDCOM repeated advisory to Nigerians against seeking educational succour in Türkiye Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    He said that the missing student, AbdulSamad Abubakar, had called the mother on Aug. 2, through another person’s phone number, crying “they have come to pick me up to a detention camp”.

    “Mrs Ibraheem said AbdulSamad is a 300-Level International Relations student of Cyprus Science University and was living off campus.

    “She said since that call on Aug. 2, 2022 from an unknown number, with her son wailing and asking for help, she has not known his whereabout or heard any news from him or the school authorities.

    “Confused on what to do, she reached out to the agent who secured the admission and travelling documents for her son but he was not forthcoming too.

    ” The woman also said she had written a petition to the Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before coming to seek for NiDCOM’s intervention, Balogun added.

    According to him, the woman’s prayer is to get her only son back to Nigeria alive.

    “I am here today at NiDCOM to beg you in the name of God to help me bring back my son alive, as I am scared of hearing any bad news about my only child.

    Please help me, I am a single mother,” she was quoted as saying.

    The Secretary of the Commission, Sule Bassi, received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of NiDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

    He assured Ibraheem that everything possible would be done to locate her son and bring him back to Nigeria.

    Bassi, however, reminded her that diplomatic services would be difficult, because Nigeria and the United Nations had no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus.

    He, however, assured her that further investigation would be carried out by the Commission in conjuction with the Nigeria Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

    “Here at NiDCOM, we are concerned about the welfare of Nigerians abroad as well as encouraging them to invest back home for national development,” he said.

    The secretary advised Ibraheem to take care of her health, as the commission investigates the matter.

    He reiterated the earlier advisory given by the Commission against sending students to Northern Cyprus due to negative reports from there, especially from students.

    NAN reports that Turkey’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hidayet Bayraktar on Thursday issued an open letter describing the advisory by the Commission as exaggerated.

    NiDCOM however responded by releasing the list of Nigerians murdered in Northern Cyprus within three years.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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