Ambassador Selby Pillay presents credentials to Kingdom of Belgium: two nations seek to boost their cooperation
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr. Selby Pillay, presented his credentials to the King of the Belgians, His Majesty King Philippe on Tuesday 10th March 2015, making him the fourth Seychelles Ambassador to be accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium.
In the discussion following the accreditation ceremony, Ambassador Pillay and the Belgian King, explored areas of ongoing cooperation between the nations while also targeting new avenues to further reinforce the partnership.Ambassador Pillay commended Belgium for the continuous support extended to Seychelles in the fight against maritime piracy through EUNAVFOR and UNODC. He appealed to Belgium to maintain its stance in helping securitise the maritime spaces especially through the memorandum of understanding on Defense Cooperation which is set to expire this year as well as through other instruments in place between the two countries.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1976, Belgium has steadily offered assistance to Seychelles in several key areas notably- in defense, maritime surveillance, and sports. King Philippe highlighted fisheries as key field for cooperation which needed to be further explored which he felt needs to be further explored.
Ambassador Pillay presented King Philippe with a Seychelles Coco De Mer. King Philippe expressed his wish for coco de mer to be planted in the Royal Gardens as a sign of the long lasting friendship ad cooperation between the King of Belgium and the Republic of Seychelles.
King Philippe had been to Seychelles on a private visit and he commended Seychelles’ efforts in conserving our “unique and very beautiful environment”; as well as for the economic recovery and subsequent growth, following the 2008 world financial crisis. Other subjects of common interest included Seychelles tourism industry and the Blue Economy
It is to be recalled that Seychelles and Belgium are mutually supportive of each other’s candidature for a non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council.