Press release


July 4, 2011

President James Michel met with the Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Spain, Mrs Carme Chacon Piqueras, at State House this morning to discuss defence cooperation in the fight against piracy, and the additional support that Spain has pledged to provide Seychelles in capacity building.

“ We are very grateful to Spain in its support to Seychelles both bilaterally and as part of the Atalanta EU Naval operation. This visit is an important step in the consolidation of our cooperation, which we discussed during my working visit to Spain last year. Spain is our valued  and traditional fisheries partner, making an important contribution to our economy. We will work together to ensure the fisheries industry is protected and our fishermen are safe continue fishing in a sustainable manner ,” said President Michel.

President Michel and Minister Chacon Piqueras discussed the challenges faced by Seychelles in the surveillance of its territory, and the way that Spain would provide military cooperation for capacity building in the future.

Minister Charcon Piqueras noted that Seychelles is at the forefront of the anti-piracy fight, both in terms of maritime security and judicial prosecution, and commended Seychelles on this outstanding effort.

During the meeting, the Spanish Defence Minister reaffirmed her support to the Seychelles endeavours to strengthen its capacity to protect its territory.