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WORLD LEADERS AND GOVERNMENTS CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT ON RE-ELECTION

26.05.2011

President James Michel has received messages of congratulations from world leaders, governments, international organizations and dignitaries.

France, Portugal, Greece, China, India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, the Vatican, and the Commonwealth have sent messages to the President following his re-election.

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent his “most sincere and warmest congratulations” on President Michel’s re-election.

“This shining result will enable you to pursue the reforms you have engaged yourself to reinforce the democratic institutions and re-build the economy of the archipelago. I firmly believe the close relations and friendship which unite our two countries will continue to be strengthened. France will remain by your side to assist you, as part of a balanced partnership, to realize your ambitions for Seychelles,” said President Sarkozy in his message.

The French President also spoke of the importance of improving actions to achieve common goals of promoting the French language, the fight against climate change, the search for innovating financing solutions as well as strengthening regional relations through the Indian Ocean Commission.

“I am pleased the Indian Ocean Games will be taking place in Seychelles very soon, which I am sure will be, for our youth, a new celebration of fraternity.”

President Sarkozy also noted that France would continue to support Seychelles in eradicating piracy in the Indian Ocean.

“France will continue to support your efforts by a significant contribution to the European Atalanta operation, bilateral action and a constant support in the international fora.”

President Michel also received letters of congratulations from the President of the General Council of La Reunion and the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion.

The Chinese President Hu Jintao said in his letter of congratulations:

“ I believe that your Excellency will lead both the government and the people of Seychelles to obtain greater new achievements in the national construction during your presidency. Since establishment 35 years ago, the relations between our two countries have been developing smoothly and healthily….. I wish your country prosperity and your people happiness.”

The President of United Arab Emirates, HH. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said:

“It gives me great pleasure to extend to your Excellency warmest congratulations in the name of the Government of the United Arab Emirates and on my own behalf. Wishing your Excellency every success and continued progress to the friendly people of Seychelles. Hoping that the friendly relations between our two countries will be further strengthened.”

The President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev has expressed congratulations to President Michel on his re-election and wished him success and prosperity, adding;

“I am confident that the relations of friendship and cooperation tested by time will further broaden for the benefit of our states in the interest of strengthening stability and security on the African continent.”

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Eugene Nugent, based in Madagascar has sent a message on behalf of the Holy See in the Vatican expressing: « sincere congratulations to the new President with his best wishes for the success of the accomplishment of his noble office.”

The High Commissioner of India to Seychelles Asit Kumar Nag has said in a letter:

“Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles. I am confident that under your guidance and leadership, the bilateral relations between India and Seychelles will get further strengthened in the years to come.”

The Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has sent a letter to the President today.

“My warm congratulations on your victory…This Presidential Election has been another significant step in Seychelles’ maturing democracy. I am pleased to note from reports of the Commonwealth Expert Team that, notwithstanding some concerns, the election was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and technical aspects were efficient, transparent and credible, “ said Mr Sharma.

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Editor’s Note

President Michel has received a large number of messages from around the world. Here is a selection of extracts of messages in English.

  • “I am pleased to present to you my most sincere and warmest congratulations on the occasion of your re-election to the Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles. This shining result will enable you to pursue the reforms you have engaged to reinforce the democratic institutions and re-build the economy of the archipelago. I firmly believe the close relations and friendship which unite our two countries will continue to be strengthened. France will remain by your side to assist you, as part of a balanced partnership, to realize your ambitions for Seychelles.” President of France,  HE Nicolas Sarkozy
  • “ I believe that your Excellency will lead both the government and the people of Seychelles to obtain greater new achievements in the national construction during your presidency. Since establishment 35 years ago, the relations between our two countries have been developing smoothly and healthily….. I wish your country prosperity and your people happiness.” President of China, HE Hu Jintao
  • “It gives me great pleasure to extend to your Excellency warmest congratulations in the name of the Government of the United Arab Emirates and on my own behalf. Wishing your Excellency every success and continued progress to the friendly people of Seychelles. Hoping that the friendly relations between our two countries will be further strengthened.”  President of UAE, HH. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
  • “It gives me great pleasure to extend the sincere and heart-felt congratulations and good wishes to your Excellency on the occasion of winning the new Presidency term. While hoping your Excellency gas continued success for securing more progress and prosperity to your friendly people and high standing for the citizens of Seychelles, I pray to Almighty God to grant you good health and happiness.” HH. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
  • I am confident that the relations of friendship and cooperation tested by time will be further broadened for the benefit of our states, in the interest of strengthening stability and security in the African continent. I wish you, dear Mr. President, good health and success on your responsible position, well-being and prosperity – to the people of Seychelles. “ President of the Russian Federation, HE Dmitry Medvedev.
  • “I have received with great satisfaction the news of your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles. …..I wish to convey to Your Excellency my most sincere and warmest congratulations. “ President of Brazil, HE Dilma Rousseff
  • “I wish you success in the fulfillment of your high office for which the People of Seychelles re-elected you in a most expressive form. I am sure that in the exercise of Your Excellency’s mandate, we will have new opportunities to strengthen the historic ties of friendship and cooperation that unite our two countries in the service of our Peoples.” President of Portugal, HE Anibal Cavaco Silva
  • “On the occasion of Your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles….warmest congratulations and most sincere wishes for every success in your high mission, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the people of Seychelles.” President of Greece, HE Karolos Papoulias
  • “Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles. I am confident that under your guidance and leadership. The bilateral relations between India and Seychelles will get further strengthened in the years to come.” High Commissioner of India to Seychelles, HE Asit Kumar Nag.
  • “ My warm congratulations on your victory…This Presidential Election has been another significant step in Seychelles’ maturing democracy. I am pleased to note from reports of the Commonwealth Expert Team that, notwithstanding some concerns, the election was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and technical aspects were efficient, transparent and credible. I also note that the Commonwealth Expert Team highlighted some key areas which would need to be addresses to deepen and consolidate democratic culture and practice in Seychelles. I wish to reassure you that, as always, the Commonwealth stands ready to offer all necessary assistance and support to seychelles in implementing the team’s recommendations…My very best wishes for a successful tenure of office.. ”. Secretary General of the Commonwealth, HE Kamalesh Sharma
  • «  I would like to express my most sincere congratulations for this re-election and for the work which you have achieved to the highest standard of the Seychelles state, which is today translated in the renewal of the confidence which has been given to your by the people of Seychelles. You may count on our council to participate actively in the strengthening of our ties of cooperation which unite our territories, as we have done in the past.” President of the General Council of La Reunion HE Nassimah Dindar
  • “On behalf of the Smart Partnership Movement, CPTM Board and Heads of Government, we would like to congratulate you on the success in the recent election… We wish you all the best.” Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management, Chief Executive, Dr. Michaela Smith

Une sélection d’extraits des messages en français:

  • « Je suis heureux de vous adresser mes plus vives et chaleureuses félicitations a l’occasion de votre réélection à la Présidence de la République des Seychelles. Ce brillant résultat vous permettra de poursuivre les reformes que vous avez engagées pour renforcer les institutions démocratiques et refonder l’économie de l’archipel. J’ai la conviction que les relations étroites de coopération et d’amitié qui unissent nos deux pays continueront de se renforcer. La France restera à vos cotés pour vous aider, dans le cadre d’un partenariat équilibré, à réaliser vos ambitions pour les Seychelles….Je me réjouis de la tenue très prochaine, aux Seychelles, des Jeux des iles de L’Océan Indien qui, j’en suis persuade constituera, pour nos jeunes, une nouvelle fête de fraternité….. » Président de la France, SEM Nicolas Sarkozy
  • « Il M’est particulièrement agréable de Vous adresser Mes facilitations les plus chaleureuses et Mes vœux les meilleurs de plein succes dans l’accomplissement de Votre mission au service du peuple seychellois frère. En Vous renouvelant sa confiance, le peuple seychellois a tenu à réaffirmer son attachement au choix démocratique et aux profondes reformes que Vous ave engagées, ainsi que son soutien à Votre politique éclairée visant à réaliser davantage de progrès et de développement durable dans votre pays. » Roi du Maroc, Sa Majesté, Mohammed VI
  • « Le Nonce Apostolique adresse ses vive félicitations au nouveau Président avec ses meilleurs souhaits de succès dans l’accomplissement de sa noble charge. » Nonce Apostolique, Archevêque Eugene Nugent, Ambassade du Saint Siege, Madagascar
  • « En ma qualité de Présidente du Conseil Général de La Réunion et aux noms de l’ensemble des Conseillers Généraux de La Réunion, je vous adresse nos plus vives félicitations pour cette réélection et pour le travail que vous avez accompli au plus haut niveau de l’état seychellois, qui se traduit aujourd’hui par le renouvellement de la confiance que vous accorde la population de votre la population de votre pays. Comme par le passé vous pouvez compter sur notre collectivité pour participer activement au renforcement des liens de coopération qui unissent nos territoires. » Présidente du Conseil Général de La Réunion, SE Mme Nassimah Dindar
  • «  Je vous adresse mes plus vives et chaleureuses félicitations pour votre réélection à la Présidence de la République des Seychelles et je vous présente également mes vœux de succès dans la poursuite de votre mandat au service du peuple seychellois. » Président du Conseil Régional de La Réunion, SEM Didier Robert.
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