Official visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, arrived in Seychelles this morning on a private flight for a one-day official visit. The Minister’s official visit included a series of bilateral meetings with High Government officials, including a courtesy call to the President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, at Statehouse. His Seychellois counterpart, Minister Radegonde welcomed Minister Szijjártó at the Botanical House, this morning for bilateral discussions. The bilateral meeting gave the two sides the opportunity to discuss current areas of cooperation such as in the Education, Tourism and Health – noting that an agreement has been reached on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates. Both parties also discussed other potential areas of cooperation such as the establishment of a cyber-security center in Seychelles, agriculture, investment, sports and global challenges such as climate change and environmental protection.
The Foreign Ministers then proceeded to Maison Quéau de Quinssy for the official signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) – the first MoU signed is the “Memorandum of Understanding for Establishing a Mechanism for Regular Consultations” between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of the Republic of Seychelles and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. The MoU aims to pave the way for more regular consultations on the state of cooperation and bilateral relations in general. The second is a “Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation” signed by the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of the Republic of Seychelles.
In a press conference, Minister Radegonde told reporters that “this visit represents the steady progress and strengthening of the relationship between Seychelles and Hungary. This morning, Minister Szijjártó, and I had very candid, open and constructive discussions on various areas of our cooperation and issues of mutual interest. I have reiterated the gratitude of the Government of Seychelles for the 10 scholarships a year that we are receiving from Hungary following the signing in 2020, of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Seychelles and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary on Cooperation within the Framework of the Stipendum Hungaricum Programme for the year 2020-2023”.
Minister Szijjártó told the press, “It is great to be here in Victoria, it is my utmost honour to be the first Foreign Minister of Hungary to pay an official visit to the Republic of the Seychelles. This serves as a good occasion to show our respect towards your country, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Independence. Additionally, we do recognise the important role that the Republic of Seychelles plays when it comes to the maritime security and the stability of eastern Africa towards the fight against piracy and the blocking of routes for drug trafficking – effectively protecting Europe.” The Hungarian Minister also emphasized the global challenges of drug trafficking, which affect Seychelles. In this regard, Hungary has agreed to assist with the training of local experts on areas of drug prevention at various Hungarian training institutions. Minister Szijjártó concluded his remarks by congratulating the Seychelles Government on a successful vaccination campaign against COVID19, marking Seychelles a safe destination.
Minister Radegonde was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Sherin Francis and other senior officials of the Foreign Affairs Department.
The delegation led by Minister Szijjártó’s included the Ambassador of Hungary to Seychelles, Mr. Zsolt Mészàros, Deputy State Secretary for Development of Southern Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. László VÁRADI and senior government officials from Hungary’s embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Péter Szijjártó left the country this afternoon on a private jet.