President Faure discusses climate change with his Irish counterpart, and meets with Seychellois students

Seychelles President Danny Faure pays a courtesy call on Irish President Michael D. Higgins on the first day of his visit to Ireland

According to a Presidency statement, "President Higgins warmly welcomed President Faure and spoke of the deep connection between Ireland and Seychelles".

He expressed his interest in the plight of small island states and stressed the need for a common position on climate change.

He said that marine pollution was of great concern to the world and emphasized the need to define a new approach to ecology, economy, culture and gender by changing old attitudes.

President Higgins congratulated President Faure on his recent in-depth speech on oceans protection and his nomination, along with former President James Michel, for National Geographic's Global Leadership Award.

The President reiterated his invitation to President Higgins to visit Seychelles.

The Seychelles head of state then met Seychellois students studying at the Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland.

President Faure thanked the students for their presence and took the opportunity to highlight the strong ties that exist between Seychelles and Ireland and which can be strengthened, for example in the field of education.

One of the students present at the event, Roberto Boniface said he was very satisfied with schooling and spoke about the ease of integration of all students in the college.

"In college, they take care of everyone. The course offers many opportunities for contacts and travel. I look forward to bringing my expertise to Seychelles, "said Roberto.

Dr. Phillip Smyth, director of the school, echoed this statement: Seychellois students are academically strong, highly motivated.

Seychelles and Ireland established bilateral relations on 9 October 1999.

Source: Seychelles News Agency