Mr President, dear brother, friend, I would like to begin by thanking you, and your government, for the warm and gracious hospitality we have received in your beautiful country.

President Ramkalawan and I had very productive discussions.

Seychelles and Rwanda are driven by a common aspiration to improve the quality of life for all our citizens, working hand-in-hand with partners in the region, and beyond.

Building on our strong bilateral ties and bonds of friendship, we intend to deepen our cooperation across strategic areas of mutual benefit, including health, defence and security, tourism, and agriculture, among others.

For Seychelles and Rwanda, tourism is a key driver of economic growth.

Collectively, there is a lot we can do to make the sector more sustainable and resilient.

Tourism creates enormous opportunities for air connectivity and commercial links, bringing businesses from Seychelles and Rwanda closer together.

Both our countries are united in our membership of international organizations, notably the Commonwealth and La Francophonie.

Through these platforms, we have the opportunity to continue aligning our priorities and views.

In moments of uncertainty, where the world is experiencing overlapping crises, we are even more determined to work together.

Mr President, I want to thank you again for your very kind invitation. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s celebrations and joining you.

Before I have had the pleasure of visiting Seychelles in the past. It is very much an honour for us to be back.

I want to thank you for your kind attention, and we are looking forward to further and strengthen our collaboration between our two countries.

Thank you very much Mr President.