President returns after successful visit to Seychelles
[October 11 2018]
Maithripala Sirisena returned to
Colombo this morning (October
10), after completing a highly
successful visit to Seychelles.
President Sirisena, who paid a two-day state visit to
Seychelles on the invitation of his Seychellois counterpart, Danny Faure,
attended high level bilateral talks where the two sides agreed to take
the existing cooperation between the two countries to a higher level.
The leaders of the both countries agreed to take
forward the strong relations between the Sri Lanka and Seychelles in the
fields of trade and tourism.
On the arrival at the State House, President Sirisena
was warmly received by the Seychelles President Danny and a Guard of
Honour was held in his honour. After a cordial meeting between the
leaders, the bilateral discussions were commenced.
During this meeting, the President said that he will
give instructions to the relevant sectors to improve the relations
between the business forums of both countries. The President also noted
that it is expected to get more Sri Lankan businessmen to participate in
trade fair to be held in Seychelles at the end of this year.
The two parties were discussed regarding the mutually
important bilateral and regional issues.
The Seychelles President praised President Sirisena's
initiative to eradicate drug abuse and requested his assistance to find
a solution to the drug menace which is a threat to his country too.
Seychelles President expressed his gratitude to President Sirisena for
providing assistance to improve the health sector in Seychelles and
requested to provide training opportunities to Seychelles doctors in Sri
Also, requested President Sirisena to assist in
granting military training opportunities to Seychelles security force
members in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, it was requested to assist in
obtaining training for judicial and legal drafting sectors.
The President, paying his attention to these requests
said that he will speedily take actions to make necessary arrangements
in this regard and promised to award ten scholarships annually to the
Seychelles students in the field of vocational trainings.
Expressing his views Seychelles President Danny Faure
said that he will be grateful for the assistance given by Sri Lanka not
only as a friend but like a brotherly state.
The President of Seychelles also stressed that they
are ready to provide any support to Sri Lanka to develop the fields of
economic and trade sectors as well as to provide any support to Sri
Lanka at any time the assistance is needed.
This tour of President Sirisena taking place at the
time of completion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two
countries, will mark a new milestone in the bilateral relationship
between the two countries, the Seychelles President said.
Diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Sri Lanka
commenced on 3rd October 1988. The Sri Lankan High Commission in
Seychelles established in 2013. The President of Seychelles also stated
that a permanent place will be allocated for the construction of the Sri
Lankan High Commission, which is currently functioning in a leased
Nearly, 2400 Sri Lankan workers are serving in
Seychelles and the President also extended his thankfulness to the
Seychelles President for the support given to the welfare of those
Both countries are also signed new two Memorandums of
Understanding for further expansion of bilateral cooperation.
The new agreement on advancement of information
technology was signed between the University of Moratuwa and the
Information Technology University of Seychelles and the agreement
relating to the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the field of
vocational training was signed between Sri Lanka Vocational Technology
University and Seychelles Technology Institute.
Marking his state visit, President Sirisena planted a
seed in the National Botanical Garden of Seychelles.
President Sirisena was welcome at the Botanic Garden
by Waila Pecrocrow, Seychells Minister of Environment, and Raymond
Brioche, CEO of the National Foundation of Botanical Gardens.
After planting a seed of Coco de Mer, an endemic plant
of Seychelles, the President observed the botanical garden, which, known
for its exemplary work in education, conservation and landscaping and
which is a major tourist attraction in the country since it was
established in 1901.
After the event at the botanical garden, President
Sirisena undertook an observation tour of the Seychelles Maritime
Academy, which is managed by the Sri Lanka International Maritime and
Engineering Higher Education Institute. During the visit, President
Sirisena also exchanged remarks with students of this institute reputed
as an international training institute of superior quality.
During the visit, President Sirisena also reviewed
some of programmes relating to strengthening bilateral relations in the
President Sirisena was accompanied by Chairman of Sri
Lanka International Maritime and Engineering Higher Education Institute,
Capt. Ajith Peiris as well as Capt. Tharaka Thelwaththa.
Later, President Sirisena visited the island of
Praslin, which is home to Val‚e Demai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO world
The President also held a meeting with the Sri Lankans
living in Seychelles. Sri Lankan professionals who are employed in
Seychelles and the students who are being educated in different fields
in Seychelles were present at this event where all of them warmly
welcomed the President Maithripala Sirisena.
This meeting was held at the Conference Hall of
Seychelles where the official website of the Sri Lanka High Commission
of Seychelles was also launched by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The official website of the Seychelles Buddhist
society was also opened by the President.
The Sri Lankan professionals who stayed in Seychelles
for more than 30 years and contributed for the strengthening of the ties
between Seychelles and Sri Lanka were appreciated and they were
presented with souvenirs by the President.
The Sri Lankan community in Seychelles presented a
special souvenir to the President as a memento of his visit to
Minister Lakshman Seneviranthne, State Ministers
Piyasena Gamage and Mohan Lal Grero, and the Sri Lankan high
commissioner for Seychelles Tikiri Herath Gunethilake, and other were