Press release

The visit of the Royal Court Advisor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Minister Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Kattan, Saudi Royal Court Advisor to Seychelles

May 26, 2022

Minister Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Kattan, Royal Court Advisor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was in Seychelles on 26th May 2022 to deliver a special message from His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to President Wavel Ramkalawan. The city of Riyadh has put forward its candidature to host World Expo 2030.  The delegation from Saudi Arabia also discussed other areas of ongoing cooperation with Seychelles.

To note that Minister Sylvestre Radegonde will proceed on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the invitation of His Highness, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, from 29-31 May 2022. The Minister is expected to sign two agreements aimed at strengthening the cooperation between Seychelles and Saudi Arabia.

The official visit of Minister Radegonde to Saudi Arabia will hence build on today’s discussions that took place during Minister Kattan’s visit. Furthermore, the Seychelles Foreign Minister will also meet with his counterpart, Mr Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb, the Minister of Tourism for Saudi Arabia, to enhance collaboration between the two countries in the field of Tourism.

While on his official mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Minister Sylvestre Radegonde and his delegation including the Director-General for Destination Marketing, Mrs Bernadette Willemin, and the Tourism Seychelles representative in the Middle East, Mr Ahmed Fathallah, will participate in a series of strategic meetings with the tourism industry partners and the media collaborators. The meetings will aim at increasing the market share of Saudi Arabian visitors and forging long-term and sustainable partnerships between the two countries. Saudi Arabia is amongst the top 10 best-performing markets in its region since January 2022.