President Faure to visit the UK and strengthen Russia-Africa relations |17 October 2019
President Danny Faure will be proceeding on a working visit to the United Kingdom today, October 17.
Following the Nekton Deep Ocean Expedition that took place in Seychelles earlier this year, marking the first time the deep ocean was explored in this region, President Faure has been invited to chair the first preparatory meeting for the first Indian Ocean Oceans Summit.
The three-year Nekton survey is contributing to a summit on the state of the Indian Ocean planned for late 2022.
As part of his visit, President Faure will be presented with the findings of the Nekton expedition at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
He has also been invited to deliver a lecture at the prestigious University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, centred on Seychelles’ leadership in the Blue Economy and ocean governance.
He will also meet the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth secretary-general, at Marlborough House.
Following the United Kingdom, President Faure will travel to Sochi for the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit. This is the first event of this level in the history of Russian-African relations, with the heads of all states of the African continent invited, as well as leaders of major sub-regional associations and organisations.
President Faure will return to Seychelles on Sunday October 27, 2019, following the summit that will focus on the current state and prospects of Russia's relations with African countries and to the expansion of the political, economic, technical and cultural cooperation.