Maldives and Seychelles to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation

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PUBLISHED 13 June 2023

The Maldives and Seychelles have discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including tourism, trade, and security. The discussions were held during a state visit to the Maldives by President Wavel Ramkalawan of Seychelles.

During the visit, President Ramkalawan met with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and other senior Maldivian officials. The two leaders discussed ways to boost cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, including:

Tourism: The Maldives and Seychelles are both popular tourist destinations, and there is potential for increased cooperation in  this sector. The two countries could work together to promote each other's tourism industries and attract more visitors from around the world.

Trade: The Maldives and Seychelles are both members of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), and there is potential for increased trade between the two countries. The two countries could work together to reduce tariffs on goods and services, and to facilitate  trade between their respective businesses.

Security: The Maldives and Seychelles are both located in the Indian Ocean, and they share a common interest in maritime security.The two countries could work together to combat piracy and other maritime crimes, and to protect their shared maritime resources In addition to discussing these issues, President Ramkalawan and President Solih also signed a number of agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Maldives and Seychelles. These agreements included a visa waiver agreement, an air services agreement, and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in tourism.

The state visit by President Ramkalawan was a significant step forward in the development of relations between the Maldives and Seychelles. The two countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation, and the visit has helped to strengthen this relationship and to pave the way for even greater cooperation in the future.


Quotes from key figures

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih: "The Maldives and Seychelles are two beautiful island nations with a lot in common. We are both committed to sustainable development, and we both share a passion for protecting our oceans. I am confident that our  cooperation will only grow stronger in the years to come."

President Wavel Ramkalawan: "The Maldives and Seychelles are natural partners. We share a common destiny, and we are committed  to working together to build a better future for our people. I am confident that our cooperation will benefit our people for  generations to come."