Press release

Courtesy Call by the Ambassador of the United States of America on Minister Sylvestre Radegonde

February 27, 2024

The enhancement of maritime surveillance to combat illicit maritime activities and the resurgence of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean, as well as Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS 2024, currently being held this week in Seychelles, were the main topics of discussion between the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Henry Jardine, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, and a staff delegation from the USA Congress on Monday 26th February 2024 at Maison Quéau de Quinssy.

The USA delegation and the Seychelles Minister also exchanged views on the need for burden-sharing in the region with regards to anti-piracy and anti-arms and drug trafficking operations since safeguarding maritime security is important to foster regional and international trade and commerce. Minister Radegonde pointed out that regional cooperation to combat unlawful maritime activities would be one of Seychelles priorities when taking the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Commission in May this year.

Other points touched upon included the support of the United States following the 7th December disaster last year.