Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Mauritius and Seychelles have signed a framework agreement on security and combating crime aimed at deepening existing cooperation between the two countries.
The agreement was signed in Mauritius between Mr. Jean Paul Adam, Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr. Arvin Boolell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius during the 10th session of the Seychelles-Mauritius Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two countries will share knowledge, experiences and best practices to combat transnational crimes such as piracy, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism and illegal fishing. It also established the basis under which the countries may negotiate and agree joint protection and patrol of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).
The Joint Commission is held every two years and is aimed at deepening the cooperation between the two states. The two ministers stressed that the Joint Commission talks would add impetus to existing bilateral cooperation in the fields of tourism, agriculture and culture and that the regional partnership would promote the ‘blue economy’ and the ‘Vanilla Islands Initiative’.
Sources: Seychelles Nation (7/9/2013); Today in Seychelles (10/9/2013)