Seychelles Foreign Minister Commits to Boosting Relations with Ethiopia
The Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr Jöel Morgan, has met with his Ethiopian counterpart to discuss on-going plans to further develop cooperation between the two East African States in the margins of the 27th Assembly of the Executive Council of the African Union currently being held in Sandton, South Africa.
During discussions with Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister Morgan, committed to strengthening the relationship with Ethiopian Airlines, who successfully re-launched their route to Seychelles at the end of 2014.
Minister Morgan stated that improved connectivity was one of the priority areas for expanding Seychelles’ tourism sector. Following the bilateral he explained that, “As a destination, Seychelles has seen a notable, and much welcomed, increase in tourist arrivals from non-traditional markets, particularly China and Africa and we are keen to further solidify this diversity as a key component of keeping this important sector of our economy secure.”
Increased trade was also discussed as a priority area to be further developed in the future. Minister Morgan stated the government’s readiness to conclude some negotiated agreements between the two states, namely a proposed General Cooperation Agreement, Visa Waiver Agreement, and a cooperation agreement between the respective Chambers of Commerce.
The two Ministers agreed to arrange a working visit as a matter of urgency, and agreed to bring together respective trade delegations to explore the full potential of their various fields cooperation, including agricultural products and tourism.
The Assembly of the Executive Council is being held ahead of the 25th Summit of the head of States of the African Union, due to take place from the 14th and 15th June.
The Minister was accompanied by Ambassador Joseph Nourrice, Seychelles’ Resident Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.