Press release

Courtesy call of newly accredited Ambassador for the State of Israel

September 7, 2022

On Tuesday 6th September 2022, the newly accredited Ambassador for the State of Israel, H.E. Mr Michael Lotem, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, at Maison Quéau de Quinssy.

Minister Radegonde congratulated Ambassador Lotem on his accreditation and stated that Seychelles values the friendship that exists between the two countries since the establishment of bilateral relations in June 1992.

The Minister noted that whilst Seychelles was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel became the number one tourism market for Seychelles once it opened its borders, and for that, the Minister expressed his appreciation to the Israeli people.

Both diplomats agreed that apart from tourism, there are other potential areas of cooperation that can be explored such as trade, investment, capacity building, maritime security, agriculture, and technology.

Ambassador Lotem gave his assurance to push for increased cooperation by promoting private sector engagements from Israel to create more opportunities that will enhance the commercial and people-to-people bond between Seychelles and Israel.

H.E. Mr Michael Lotem will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Also present at the meeting were Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, Principal Secretary for the Foreign Affairs Department, Mr. Robert Stravens, Honorary Consul of the State of Israel, and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism.