Today marked the end of the Seychelles Ambassadors’ Retreat, held at Hilton Northolme Resort

The Ambassadors have all expressed their satisfactions on the outcome of this biennial event, which will now become an annual event, as announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice President Meriton, in his closing speech today, as he hosted a lunch for all the Ambassadors and the Department of Foreign Affairs' Senior Management .

VP Meriton highlighted to all present that we have embarked on a new journey of restructuring of the Department of Foreign Affairs and this will ensure that our Department and Diplomatic Missions are equipped with qualified, well trained personnel to ensure the successful execution of our Foreign Policy".

Some of the key issues discussed such as Sustainable Development Goals, Trade Negotiations, Climate Change and Human Rights, amongst others, brought about active and intense discussions by the Ambassadors in addressing these issues from Seychelles' Foreign Policy position as it relates to the international agenda.

The Ambassadors and Senior Management of the Department also participated in an emergency response simulation exercise, led by UNICEF with the assistance of DRDM and the Red Cross.

Speaking after the closure, High Commissioner Derick Ally had this to say: The Ambassador's Retreat was very timely as it allowed us to bring our contributions forward and discuss new thinkings and emerging trends. The opportunity to bond with colleagues, whether based locally or abroad, was invaluable. The hands-on involvement of our Minister, the Vice-President is extremely encouraging and we are truly set on the course of implementing our Foreign Policy with new vigour.

The Ambassadors will continue on this week in participating in the Diplomatic Convention 2018, which kicks off tomorrow at Eden Bleu,

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

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