Kenya, Seychelles sign ten cooperation agreements

Kenya and Seychelles on Monday signed ten cooperation agreements following high-level talks led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Seychellois counterpart Wavel Ramkalawan in Victoria. 

The Kenyan President arrived in Seychelles on Sunday for an official three-day visit. 

According to the Seychellois presidency, Kenyatta and Ramkalawan’s discussions centered on how their two countries can further enhance their bilateral cooperation and agreements on matters of tourism, maritime and security, capacity building in various sectors, health, agriculture, sports, economic progress, and trade as well investment. 

Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, signed the agreements concerning Defense, mutual assistance on criminal matters, Blue Economy, Memorandum of Understanding for peace, security and law enforcement at sea, maritime affairs, tourism development, agriculture, livestock and cooperative sectors, security and crime combatting, sports, promotion on partnership on gender equality and promoting women economic empowerment. 

“Our meeting in Seychelles testifies to the importance we place on the relationship between our two countries. It is an opportunity to give a new impetus to the Seychelles-Kenya relations. President Kenyatta and I had excellent discussions this morning. First of all, we reminded ourselves of the bonds of history and personal friendship that unite our two peoples. Seychellois and Kenyans have known each other like forever,” said President Ramkalawan. 

He also expressed his wish for Kenya to consider establishing an Honorary Consulate in Seychelles. 

On his part, President Kenyatta commended the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the two nations for putting together the agreements that were signed which outlined the avenues to be explored to enable Kenya and Seychelles to fully maximize and further solidify their existing ties. 

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