Newly appointed Japan ambassador to Seychelles accredited |06 November 2019
Newly appointed Japan Ambassador to Seychelles, Ryoichi Horie, presented his credentials to President Danny Faure in a brief meet at State House yesterday.
They discussed key areas of cooperation between the two countries, notably in the blue economy sector, maritime security, tourism, trade, investment and capacity building.
As the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Kenya, Seychelles and Somalia, Ryoichi Horie is currently based in Nairobi.
President Faure extended a warm welcome to Ambassador Horie and his delegation to Seychelles’ shores and congratulated him on the occasion of his accreditation.
The president highlighted that Seychelles and Japan share a historical friendship which has culminated in a remarkable partnership, based on shared values, common ambitions and mutual respect.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in June 1976, we have developed strong bonds of friendship and have enhanced collaboration at both bilateral and multilateral levels. As a result, Seychelles has a strong partner and friend in Japan. We are certain that during your tenure you will continue to deepen the collaborative ties across different sectors for the mutual benefits of our peoples. We wish you success in your tenure as the new Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Seychelles,” said President Faure.
On his part, Ambassador Horie thanked President Faure for receiving him and conveyed a special message on behalf of the Emperor of Japan expressing his country’s wish to further enhance friendly relations with Seychelles, through the opening of the first Japanese diplomatic mission in Seychelles this week under the direction of the Japanese chargé d'affaires, Ambassador Makoto Tominaga.
“My deputy, Makoto Tominaga is based in Seychelles to operate the office. Now it is becoming easy and efficient for us to work together. This time I came with my wife and we really like Seychelles. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will go to Praslin to hand over ambulances to the hospital and that will be my first project. For sure Seychellois will see me more often on your beautiful islands,” noted Ambassador Horie.
Ambassador Horie was accompanied to State House by his deputy Mr Tominaga. Following his meeting with President Faure, the Japanese ambassador paid a courtesy call on Vice-President Vincent Meriton.