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Mr. Ronny Jumeau presented his credentials to His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, on Tuesday 18th September 2007

18.09.2007

Accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Seychelles to the United States of America.

The Ambassador was received by President Bush in the Oval Office, i.e. the private office of the President at the White House.

In his opening statement, the Ambassador expressed his personal honour, as well as that of the President, Government and People of Seychelles, to be in President's Bush's presence on the occasion of the presentation of his credentials.

With regards to the relationship that exists between the United States and Seychelles, Ambassador Jumeau described it as "excellent" and stated that "my task here, conferred upon me by the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr James Michel, is to enhance this multi-faceted relationship and align it with the new Government plan being introduced", embodied in the Seychelles Strategy 2017.

In his response to Ambassador Jumeau's statement, President Bush underlined that "since the beginning of President Michel's tenure, the relationship between the United States and Seychelles has grown closer and stronger in particular through our mutual cooperation on counterterrorism, economic growth and development and military issues."

Another aspect raised in the President's response, was his commendation of Seychelles for its role in supporting anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean region.

President Bush ended his response pledging his commitment in further strengthening the existing relationship between the two nations and their peoples and reiterating his good wishes for the Ambassador's success during his tour as Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to the United States.

After the formal exchange of remarks, general comments on issues of priority to Seychelles were expressed, in response to President Bush's queries, including climate change and environment, the vulnerabilities of small island states and sustainable development.

President Bush and Ambassador Jumeau also shared views on the importance of tourism and fisheries to Seychelles' economy as well as indiscriminate fishing on the high seas.

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