Press release


August 8, 2012

Seychelles President James Michel welcomed South African President Jacob Zuma at Seychelles International Airport this morning.

The two leaders will be meeting this afternoon with the Madagascar President of the Transition Authority Andry Rajoelina and the former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, in an effort to  reach agreement on the implementation of the SADC Roadmap for the resolution of the crisis in Madagascar.

President Zuma is the current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika on Politics, and chaired the  meetings between the two Malagasy leaders in Seychelles from 24th-26th July on the island of Desroches. The meeting was hosted by President Michel and also included the participation of the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission, Jean-Claude de l’Estrac, the Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean Paul Adam as chair of the IOC Council of Ministers,  as well as Deputy Minister  for International Relations and Cooperation of the South Africa, Marius Fransman, as well as representatives of Tanzania, the co-chairs of the Troika.

During the meeting it was agreed that the leaders would reconvene to conclude the outstanding issues in order to report to the SADC Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government in Maputo, Mozambique, due to be held on 16th August.