Seychelles and Sri Lanka to boost parliamentary ties


President Michel on his way to the Special Ranaviru Monument

President Michel said this after visiting the Sri Lankan Parliament while on his first official visit to that country last week.

President Michel and his delegation met the Speaker, Chamal Rajapaksa, in the presence of deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, the Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva, Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister for Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, and Chief Opposition Whip John Amarathunga.

The President was given a tour of the Parliament, which has 225 members who are elected by proportional representation for six-year terms.

The President and the Speaker spoke about the establishment of the Seychelles - Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Association, for which Sri Lankan Deputy Minister for External Affairs Neomal Perera has been named as chairman.

During talks with the Speaker of Sri Lanka’s Parliament

Seychellois parliamentarians are expected to meet with their Sri Lankan counterparts soon to complete the association. 

The focal point in the Seychelles National Assembly is Derek Samson, the elected member for Anse Royale.

The Speaker expressed his full support to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
After the talks, President Michel visited the Special Ranaviru Monument opposite the Parliament and paid floral tributes to Sri Lanka’s war heroes.