Press release

Seychelles welcomes new US Chargé d’Affaires

October 17, 2023

During his working visit to the Seychelles, H.E Mr. Henry Jardine, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles, introduced the new Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United State of America to Seychelles, Mr. Adham Loutfi. Mr. Loutfi was formally presented to the Acting Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Department, Ambassador Selby Pillay this morning, Tuesday 17th October 2023.

Mr. Loutfi’s appointment is part of an ongoing discussion to introduce a resident Ambassador to the Seychelles. “We welcome Chargé d’Affaires Loutfi to Seychelles and look forward to continue building on the excellent and robust collaboration we have with the United States of America, particularly in maritime security and combatting drug trafficking”, stated Ambassador Pillay.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine was one topic that was discussed amongst others. Both sides expressed their desire for a peaceful resolution. Ambassador Jardine emphasized on areas in which the United States Government can support the Seychelles Government, inclusive of building Seychelles police capacity and training opportunities for the Seychelles Defense Force (SDF).

The bilateral discussion extended on the requirement to accelerate the proposal for a visa waiver agreement between the two countries, which will be facilitated by the Chargé D’Affaires who is based at the United States Embassy in Victoria.

Present for the meeting were the Director General for Consular and Diaspora Affairs, Ms. Myrna Hoareau, Principal Counsellor for Bilateral Affairs, Mrs. Johnette Stephen and other senior officials of the Foreign Affairs Department.