Seychelles to Open Diplomatic Mission in Neighbouring Mauritius for First Time

Seychelles will set up a first diplomatic mission based in Mauritius with the aim of elevating the relationship between the two countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

The governments of the two island nations believe that a Seychellois diplomatic mission in Mauritius will bring the existing relationship to "new heights and widen their scope of cooperation for mutual benefit."

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, and Mauritius established bilateral relations on June 17, 1988.

The mission will be an important milestone in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries linked by historical ties, insular affinities and strong bonds of friendship.

The Department said that a Seychellois diplomatic mission based in Mauritius "will allow the two countries to regularly partake in political dialogue regarding pressing regional and international issues, especially those of shared interest."

No further details were given on when the mission will be set up.

The announcement comes almost two years after the Seychelles' President Danny Faure visited Mauritius.

After a working session with Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Faure said, "The relation between our two countries is one which is holistic, covering a wide array of areas: diplomacy, culture, trade and commerce, education among others."

During his visit in October 2017, Faure signed four agreements.

The agreements included cooperation in the field of Management of Operations and staff training between the Seychelles Prison Service and the Mauritius Prison Service, a twinning relationship between the Island of Rodrigues and the Island of La Digue and recruitment of teachers and other specialists in the education sector from Mauritius.

In more recent developments between the two countries, since July this year, Air Mauritius is flying to Seychelles twice weekly -- Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11.10 a.m. and 1.10 a.m.

In August, the State Bank of Mauritius opened in Seychelles focusing on digital banking services.

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