A Parliamentary Delegation from Seychelles led by Patrick Pillay, Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles, called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 10.
Welcoming the delegation, the President observed that the last parliamentary delegation from Seychelles had come in 2013, while the then President of India, Pratibha Patil, had addressed the National Assembly of Seychelles in 2012.
The President said that Seychelles is a maritime neighbour and trusted friend of India. The two countries have strong security and defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. He stated that Seychelles ranks high in the UN Human Development Index. The Government of Seychelles is providing universal free health care for all citizens. He stressed that India and Seychelles can cooperate in the healthcare sector apart from other areas of co-operation.
Kovind congratulated the Government of Seychelles for banning plastics from July 1, 2017 in their country. He also expressed hope that the National Assembly of Seychelles will ratify entry to International Solar Alliance soon.