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Seychelles: Bilateral meeting Seychelles-Japan, between James Michel and Shinzo Abe

Seychelles: Bilateral meeting Seychelles-Japan, between James Michel and Shinzo Abe
The Seychellois President James Michel has held bilateral discussions with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the TICAD V in Yokohama, Japan, which took place in early June.

James Michel was accompanied on the trip to the land of the rising sun, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the archipelago, Jean-Paul Adam, the non-resident Ambassador of Seychelles in Japan, Philippe Le Gall and Seychellois General Consul Norifumi Matsumoto.

Seychellois President has congratulated Japan for the development of cooperation and friendship towards African countries, which promotes strategic partnerships for the economic advancement.

James Michel also stressed that the Seychelles and Japan enjoy excellent relations and the two countries share the same values ​​in terms of development of "their blue and green economies".

"We share the same aspirations and this has contributed to fruitful discussions with various agencies of the Japanese government, I wish to express our gratitude for the assistance that Japan has given to Seychelles for the development of our fisheries and artisanal fisheries in particular. This has helped us to develop our autonomy. The project under the 7th granting fisheries of Japanese government for the extension of fishing port of Providence will be of great benefit for our local fishermen and our economy", said James Michel.

Seychellois President James Michel has also expressed his gratitude to Japan for technical assistance that Seychelles has received in terms of prevention of coastal erosion and climate change.
"I think, in partnership with the Japanese government and the private sector, we can develop renewable energy projects, including solar energy", said James Michel.

The Seychelles President then warmly thanked the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, Japanese support for in the fight against piracy, as well as technical assistance from Japan to Seychelles following Felleng tropical storm that caused flooding in January.
For his part, the Japanese Prime Minister expressed his solidarity for the damage to the archipelago during the disaster and said that Japan will continue to help Seychelles in the field of the fight against floods and coastal erosion.

Shinzo Abe also noted that the efforts of Seychelles and other countries in the region have contributed to the decline of piracy off the Somalian coast, and stressing that Japan would continue to support the Seychelles in the fight against piracy, as well as the active pursuit of pirates.

Laurent Chinaud

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