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President Danny Faure sends congratulatory message to President-elect Donald Trump following electoral victory

President Danny Faure sends congratulatory message to President-elect Donald Trump following electoral victory

On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Seychelles, President Danny Faure has sent a congratulatory message to President-elect of the United States of America, Mr Donald J. Trump following his win in the country’s general election.

In his message, President Faure wished Mr Trump every success as he prepares to discharge the important duties which lay ahead as the United States of America’s 45th President. 

“Our two countries enjoy a long history of deep rooted ties and friendly relations. Over the years this esteemed partnership has been invigorated by mutual values such as social progress, justice, freedom and equality, which have served to support and reinforce the foundations from which we draw our common perspectives,” said President Faure.

In addition, President Faure also said that Seychelles and the United States of America have realised an excellent and steady progression in cooperation, which has diversified from prominence in the military sector, to the development of new fields of interest, such as environment, education and culture.

President Faure, reiterated his best wishes for President-elect Donald J Trump, for continued good health and for the well being of the people of the United States of America.        

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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