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Speech made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 9th September 2008 on the occasion of the celebration of the 39th anniversary of the Alfateh of the September Revolution.

09.09.2008

President James Mancham
The Chief Justice
His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Aoun,
Ministers,
Members of Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here today to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Alfateh of the September Revolution and the Government and people of Seychelles are proud and jubilant in joining the Government and people of Libya in commemorating this glorious day.

I would like to avail of this opportunity to convey a message of congratulations from President James Michel, the Government and people of Seychelles to President Muammar Al Gadhafi and to the Libyan Government and people our warm congratulations.

Excellency,

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Libya and Seychelles in 1976, our two countries have maintained very good relations.

I have no doubt that the future will bear testimony to a further development of these excellent ties.

Seychelles and Libya share common goals in strengthening our development in this age of globalisation.

We are pleased that the Libyan authorities have decided to reopen its diplomatic mission and have physical presence in Seychelles.

This surely augurs well for our future cooperation.

At this junction, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and effort being contributed by Libya to make African countries move together with boldness and help further strengthen our countries' social fabric and national cohesion.

I am convinced that our two governments will spare no efforts to explore new avenues towards this shared idea.

This destiny is shaped by the collective and cumulative effort of the whole of Africa
- our hope, aspiration for the future and pulling together through the bad and good times.

We look forward to collaborating with Libya in moulding Africa's future.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Please join me in a toast to the good health and prosperity of His Excellency Colonel Muammar Al Gadhafi and to the everlasting friendship, cooperation and partnerships between the peoples of Libya and Seychelles.

Thank you.

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