Accreditation of the New High Commissioner of the Republic of Seychelles to Canada
Mr. Ian Madeleine presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Canada, Her Excellency, the Right Honourable, Mary Simon on 13 October 2023, as the new non-Resident High Commissioner of Seychelles to Canada.
In the tête-à-tête that followed the ceremony, the Right Honourable Mary Simon acknowledged the contributions of Seychelles in the global efforts to combat climate change, protect the environment and promote the Blue Economy. She expressed Canada’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with Seychelles in areas of mutual interest. In noting that Canada and Seychelles share similar perspectives on critical issues such as climate change and environment protection, High Commissioner Madeleine conveyed that Seychelles is keen to deepen and diversify relations with Canada at the bilateral and multilateral level.
During his visit, High Commissioner Madeleine also held bilateral discussions with representatives of Global Affairs Canada to explore how cooperation can be strengthened in key areas including maritime security, climate change, renewable energy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He also took the opportunity to reiterate the proposal for the two countries to conclude a visa waiver agreement.
This year marks the 47th anniversary since the two countries established diplomatic relations on 29th June 1976. It is to be recalled that Mr. Madeleine, who is based in New York is also accredited to USA and Cuba.