Exchange of Visits

Exchange of Visits

High level exchanges between India and Seychelles have continued the spirit of cooperation between the two countries for a long time. Briefly, the visits from Seychelles to India and vice versa can be summed up as follows:

From Seychelles - President France Albert Rene has paid visits to India in the past.  President James Michel paid his second State visit to India in June 2010. He again visited New Delhi in February 2011 and 2012 to participate in the Delhi Sustainable Development Summits. President James Alix Michel visited New Delhi for 12th Edition of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012 (DSDS) on 2-4 February 2012 during which he was conferred an honorary doctorate in philosophy by the University of TERI for his contribution to the cause of environment. 

On 15th November 2011, Jean-Paul Adam, Foreign Minister of Seychelles attended the 11th Council of Ministers meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) at Bengaluru when Seychelles was unanimously re-elected as a member of the IOR-ARC. Later, FM Adam visited India on 13-16th February 2012.  This was the first bilateral visit by a Foreign Minister of Seychelles to India.

Vice President Danny Faure visited India on 6-8 February 2014 to attend DSDS on behalf of President Michel. Coinciding with this visit, on an invitation from MIOT, he also visited Chennai accompanied by Health Minister Mitcy Larue. In the same year, Natural Resources & Industry Minister Peter Sinon visited New Delhi on 4-6 February to attend Asia-Africa AgriBusiness Forum 2014.

2014 also saw visit by Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St.Ange in August to further enhance bilateral tourism cooperation.

From India - Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi (1976 and 1981); President Shri R. Venkataraman (1989); Vice-President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma (1991);  Vice-President Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (2003); External Affairs Minister, Shri S.M. Krishna(July 2010);  Defence Minister, Shri A.K. Antony (July 2010) have paid visits to Seychelles in the past.

In addition, President Pratibha Devising Patil paid a State Visit to Seychelles from 29th April to 1st May 2012. During the visit, India three agreements with Seychelles as well as extended a USD 75 million (US $ 50 million as an Line of Credit and US$ 25 million as a grant) financial package to the island nation.

Continuing the spirit of bilateral cooperation, March 2015 saw the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Seychelles which gave further impetus to the excellent relations between the two countries. During his short but substantive visit, the Prime Minister called on President Michel, had bilateral delegation-level talks, signed four agreements and inaugurated CSRS Projects dedicating it to Seychelles.