PRETORIA– South Africa and the Seychelles will this year mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
At a meeting between International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Secretary of Stateof the Seychelles, Ambassador Barry Faure, here this week, the two countries agreed to work together to commemorate this important anniversary as well as strengthen ties.
According to a joint statement issued here Friday, the meeting re-affirmed the close friendship and common interests and values that are the foundation of the strong relationship between South Africa and Seychelles.
Landers, hosted Faure, who is the executive head of the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the second session of the Joint Commission of Co-operation (JCC) between the two countries on Friday.
The two countries used the occasion to review bilateral political and economic relations, expressing satisfaction at the progress achieved in various areas of co-operation since the last session of the Joint Commission of Co-operation in 2014.
Both parties expressed appreciation for the JCC which has provided an excellent platform for dialogue and co-operation since 2014. The parties demonstrated their commitment to increase cooperation, read the statement.
They agreed to explore other areas of cooperation over the coming years in trade and investment; agriculture and fisheries; education and human resource development; environment and the blue economy; youth and sports; defence and police; tourism and culture; health; science and technology; maritime and air transport; higher education; and social development.
They also exchanged views on regional and continental developments as well as multilateral co-operation.
South Africa and Seychelles established formal relations in 1992. The relationship has been progressive, with a display of support for strategic tourism events hosted in each country and a shared vision for regional tourism development and integration.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK