Press release

Seychelles Bids Farewell to Sri Lankan President

July 2, 2013

The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, has bid farewell to His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in a ceremony held at Seychelles International Airport yesterday evening.

President Rajapaksa was in Seychelles with a high-level delegation undertaking a historic State visit to Seychelles from the 29th June to the 1st July.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, described the visit as having been highly successful:

“We are very grateful to President Rajapaksa and his delegation, who came to Seychelles with a strong commitment to pushing forward our cooperation agenda. We discussed many new areas of cooperation and we ended our discussions with a clear programme on how we are moving forward.

“As two island nations this visit has served to further highlight our many commonalities that unite us and it has provided us, particularly through discussions with our business community, with a better understanding of how we can both benefit from this partnership.”

President Rajapaksa’s programme involved a call on President Michel at State House, bilateral discussions with the Cabinet of Ministers and signings of key MoUs, an address to an Extra Ordinary Session of the National Assembly,  a  Business Forum, a special tree planting ceremony at the Barbarons Biodiversity Centre as well as a visit to Praslin and the Valee de Mai.