Vietnam, Seychelles look to stronger cooperation

President Truong Tan Sang meets with Seychelles  counterpart James Alix Michel. Photo: VNA

President Truong Tan Sang meets with Seychelles counterpart James Alix Michel. Photo: VNA

Vietnam and Seychelles have signed cooperation agreements on diplomacy, aviation, tourism and trade, paving the way for them to chart a new development course for future cooperation.

The signing in Hanoi on August 28 was witnessed by President Truong Tan Sang and his Seychelles counterpart James Alix Michel, who is currently on an official visit to Vietnam.

At their talks held earlier the same day, the Presidents agreed to direct relevant ministries and agencies to take specific measures in investment, tourism, agriculture, seafood, oil and gas and renewable energy to tap the two countries’ cooperation potentials.

President Sang thanked the Seychelles government for recognising Vietnam’s market economic status, describing it as an important contribution to the traditional friendship, mutual trust and support between the two countries.

While introducing to his guest Vietnam’s achievements during the renewal process, President Sang affirmed that in its foreign policy of multilateralisation and diversification, Vietnam always wants to expand cooperation and mutual support for development with African countries, including Seychelles.

He also congratulated Seychelles on its socio-economic achievements in recent years as well as its contributions to peace and stability in the Southern African Development Community in particular and the continent in general.

President James Alix Michel said he wishes Vietnam to continue reaping greater socio-economic development achievements to become a wealthy country with higher position and role in the international arena.

The two sides expressed their pleasure at the encouraging development of their multifaceted cooperation over the pats time.

Seychelles has the largest investment, among African countries, in Vietnam.

During their talks, the Presidents discussed regional and international issues of common concern, agreeing to continue to exchange information and strengthen collaboration and cooperation at regional and international forums to contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and development.

The two leaders also agreed to issue a Joint Statement between Vietnam and Seychelles after the Seychelles President wraps up his visit.

President James Alix Michel invited President Sang to pay an official visit to Seychelles. President Sang accepted the invitation with pleasure

*** On the same day, greeting President of Seychelles James Alix Michel in Hanoi on August 28, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong has made it clear that Vietnam always wishes to bolster cooperation with African nations, including Seychelles.

Party leader Trong said he believes under the leadership of the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF), Seychelles people will reap greater outcomes in building and defending their country.

The host delivered his hope that following the visit, Vietnam and Seychelles will continue perfecting their legal foundation to foster the mutually-beneficial cooperation.

Michel informed his host of the outcomes of his talks with President Truong Tan Sang and the current situation of his country and SPPF.

The President also noted his desire to further expand solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the CPV and the SPPF and between the two nations in almost spheres, especially in economics, trade and investment./.