Press release

Indian Special envoy delivers letters of Invitation for third India-Africa Forum Summit

July 6, 2015

The Special Envoy of the Republic of India, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy on behalf of Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Sushma Swaraj has delivered a letter of invitation to Minister for foreign Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan and to the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne to attend the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) in New Delhi, on the 29th of October.

Minister Morgan and his Indian counterpart held informal talks this morning at Maison Queau de Quinssy and discussed issues of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of India and the Republic of Seychelles. “Our fraternal ties with India extend beyond our excellent diplomatic and economic relationship, they are deeply rooted in our shared history as two sovereign nations bathed by the same Indian ocean,” said Minister Morgan.

Both Minister Morgan and Ambassador Loustau-Lalanne accepted the invitation with much pride and had given firm commitments to attend the summit to be held in New Delhi. Minister Morgan opined “Seychelles goes to the Summit not only as an an African state but also as demonstration to the world of how the world largest democracy and one of the smallest ones can work together for their mutual benefit and for that of their peoples.”

Also present at this morning’s meeting was the Indian High Commissioner accredited to Seychelles,  His Excellency Sanjay Panda.