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Seychelles: China offers a patrol vessel to the archipelago




photo Seychelles New Agency, Mervyn Marie
photo Seychelles New Agency, Mervyn Marie
The Chinese authorities recently gave counterparts of Seychelles a patrol vessel to allow the archipelago to be able to combat maritime piracy, illegal fishing and illegal trafficking that are rampant in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) maritime.
 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Seychelles Jean-Paul Adam, as well as the Chinese Ambassador in the archipelago, Shi Zhongjun, was present on Tuesday afternoon to receive the patrol vessel at its mooring at the base of the Seychelles coastguard in the Victoria Harbour on the island of Mahé.
 
The head of the Seychellois diplomatic warmly thanked China for this gift.
 
"It's a ship built for the Seychelles, which follows a visit made by president James Michel in China, in 2011, where he shared with the Chinese authorities... the concerns of the Seychelles with regard to the monitoring of its vast exclusive economic zone," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles, Jean-Paul Adam.
 
For his part, the Chinese Ambassador, Shi Zhongjun, commended the role played by the Seychelles in the fight against maritime piracy and for "the maintenance of peace and security in the Indian Ocean", as reported by the news agency Seychelles New Agency.



Laurent Chinaud


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