Seychelles strengthens ties with small island states and establishes diplomatic relations with Nauru
Seychelles has formally established diplomatic relations with the Pacific island of Nauru following an agreement signing held in New York on Friday last week.Seychelles' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Ronny Jumeau accompanied by Mr. Selby Pillay, the new Principal Counselor at the Seychelles Permanent Mission to the UN, lead the exchange of documents on behalf of Seychelles.Signing on behalf of the Republic of Nauru, its Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations, Ambassador Marlene Moses, described Seychelles as a “great friend and ally" of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS). Amb. Moses is also the Chair of the PSIDS at the United Nations.Seychelles and Nauru, the smallest country in the world in terms of population after the Vatican City, are both members of the New York-based Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).Seychelles' Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Ronny Jumeau, noted at the signing that Seychelles is in the process of establishing diplomatic relations with all small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific and other regions:“We believe small island nations have to strengthen our solidarity even more, and further harmonize our positions wherever possible in the face of current global politics and economic developments." Nauru (pronounced nah-OO-roo), an island of just 21 square kilometers, has a Micronesian and Polynesian population of under 10,000. This recent signing follows the establishment of diplomatic relations with two other PSIDS, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu, in December last year.