Press release

Seychelles High Commissioner presents credentials to President of India

March 18, 2019

High Commissioner Selby Pillay presented his Letter of Credence to the President of India, H.E. Shri Ram Nath KOVIND on Wednesday 13th March 2019, at the Ashoka Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace in New Delhi, which is also the official seat and residence of the President.

The High Commissioner reciprocated President Kovind’s warm greetings to his Seychellois counterpart, President Danny Faure, and people of Seychelles, whilst recalling his successful visits last year to India. The Indian President also had words of sympathy following the demise of former President Albert Rene, whom he described as “a good friend of India”.

During the High Commissioner’s cordial dialogue with the Indian Head of State, it was highlighted that during President Faure’s visit to India last June, our bilateral relationship has been further cemented and subsequently taken to the next level.

President Kovind expressed his deep appreciation to Seychelles Government’s commitment at the highest level to the friendly, strong and comprehensive bilateral ties with India.

He observed that people-to-people contacts remained one of the key elements for the growth of friendly ties with any country. He further emphasized that, “Our shared history as well as our modern values of democracy and pluralism complements our mutual understanding and respect”.

“Our two countries have traditionally enjoyed an excellent friendly relationship, noting that Seychelles continues to greatly benefit from the Indo-Seychelles partnership, such as in the form of capacity building and training; grants and favourable lines of credit; security and defence; health, and infrastructure development”, said High Commissioner Pillay.

He continued by encouraging suitably qualified Seychellois to further their education in India, either under the ITEC programme, or through scholarships generously provided by the Government of India – which is home to some of the best training facilities in the world.

Both neighbouring states, whose destinies are intrinsically connected by the Indian Ocean will continue to work closely for the mutual benefit of their peoples – at the bilateral, regional and international levels, with a view to strengthening and safe-guarding our territorial integrity and common ocean space from threats, such as maritime piracy, drug and human trafficking, IUU (illegal fishing), and international terrorism which knows no border.

Seychelles is privileged to have India as one of its major development partners. Both countries are looking forward to further deepen their ties of cooperation in areas of mutual and beneficial interests.

High Commissioner Selby Pillay, a career Diplomat since 1991 is the fourth Seychelles Envoy to be accredited and based in New Delhi since the establishment of diplomatic relations with India on 29th June 1976.