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Seychelles and Mauritius further strengthen ties by signing security agreement

07.09.2013

Seychelles and Mauritius have this week signed a framework agreement on security and crime combating aimed at deepening cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries.

The agreement has been the culmination of the exchanges between President James Michel and Prime Minister Ramgoolam during the latter's visit to Seychelles in June 2012, where the two leaders expressed their desire to strengthen security in the Indian Ocean and thus facilitate further commercial and economic exchanges between the Indian Ocean Commission nations as well as the wider region.

The agreement was signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, and his counterpart, Dr. Arvin Boolell Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius.

This framework agreement will allow the two countries to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices to combat transnational crimes such as piracy, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism and illegal fishing. The framework agreement also establishes the basis under which the countries may also negotiate and agree joint protection and patrols of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

Minister Adam highlighted that the signing of this agreement will provide another important opportunity for the two countries to jointly safeguard their blue economy. The Minister also made special mention of the exemplary win-win partnerships that Seychelles and Mauritius have developed over the years through various initiatives like the joint management of the extended continental shelf in the Mascarene plateau region.

Minister Jean-Paul Adam was in Mauritius this week for the 10th session of the Seychelles-Mauritius Joint Commission.

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