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Seychelles President meets with UN Secretary General and UAE Minister of State

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Ramkalawan with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA. (State House)

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Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan spoke with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) taking place in New York City, the State House announced Wednesday.

“Seychelles fundamentally believes in the United Nations and the principles rooted in the Charter of the United Nations. For us, this multilateral institution remains an indispensable forum where the whole world can come together to deliberate on international development issues that concern us all, and where we all have a voice, regardless of our size or economic power. This is especially important for small island developing states like us,” Ramkalawan said.

The UN Secretary-General noted that Seychelles is rich in marine biodiversity, which makes it a fundamental country contributing to the global balance.

He said it is a great contribution to humanity and the world.

Meeting with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates

The UAE has confirmed that it will implement phase two of the Seychelles Barbarons Housing project comprising 40 units, according to a press release from State House.





The UAE Minister of State (left) expressed his government’s desire to further strengthen the partnership between countries. (State House) Photo License: CC-BY

UAE Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan made the statement during a bilateral meeting with President Ramkalawan on the sidelines of the UNGA.

The housing project began in 2015 with a $9 million grant from Abu Dhabi and the first phase covered Takamaka and Barbarons.

“Seychelles is keen to engage with the UAE in new areas of cooperation of mutual interest and we are extremely grateful for the ever-growing ties of friendship and partnership between our two governments,” Ramkalawan said.

The Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates expressed his government’s desire to further strengthen the partnership between countries while providing support to an exemplary island nation such as Seychelles, leader in key areas not only in Africa but on the global platform.

Other topics discussed included border control, renewable energy projects for Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, the construction of the early childhood care centre, the drug rehabilitation project and the ongoing project of the St. Mary’s Hospital in La Digue.

The United Arab Emirates agreed to fund a drug rehabilitation center in January 2020 at a total cost of $3.6 million. Plans for its construction on the former Mont Royale rehabilitation site in the central Mahé district of Mont Fleuri, began in April last year.

The meeting between President Ramkalawan and Sheikh Nahyan Al Nahyan was also an important opportunity for the two leaders to review and agree on the way forward and the expected timeline for the agreed projects, State House said.