Press release

Seychelles President James Michel meets with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades

August 14, 2015

President James Michel met with the President of Cyprus, HE. Nicos Anastasiades at State House, last Friday.  President Anastasiade was on private visit to Seychelles and leaves the country today.

President Michel wished President Anastasiades a pleasant stay in the country and recalled the strong ties of friendship between Seychelles and Cyprus, following the exile of Archbishop Makarios in the 1950s in Seychelles, who later became the first President of the Republic of Cyprus.

“Cyprus and Seychelles share strong historical links. We greatly value our historical bond through Archbishop Makarios and appreciate the many years of friendship we have enjoyed, and which we still enjoy. Archbishop Makarios is part of the history of Seychelles. He loved Seychelles and the people whilst he was here,” said President Michel.

President Michel said that Seychelles and Cyprus, as two island maritime nations,  both give a lot of importance to the development of maritime resources and tourism.

They spoke about the ways to strengthen tourism, trade and investment partnerships which will boost exchanges between the two countries.

They noted that they already have in place a Joint Seychelles-Cyprus Commission with the aim of strengthening of bilateral relations in various areas.

“We have had the opportunity to work very closely with Cyprus at the multilateral level mainly through the EU, the Commonwealth and the United Nations. In all these fora, we have appreciated the support of Cyprus on SIDS issues, including the Blue Economy, and Climate Change,” said President Michel.