GIS – December 3, 2013: The outgoing High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr. T. P. Seetharam, paid a farewell courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, today at Treasury Building, in Port Louis.
Discussions during the meeting focused on the excellent bilateral cooperation ties which exist in so many different fields and which according to both sides have been growing from strength to strength. Both parties have also identified new areas of cooperation such as science and technology and higher education. Economic cooperation and cultural connections and the extremely good political relations between the two countries were also evoked during the meeting.
In a statement after the meeting, Mr. T. P. Seetharam assured that India will continue to voice support in all appropriate international fora as regards Mauritius rightful claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago and will support whatever actions being taken by Mauritius in that sense. Similarly, stated Mr. T. P. Seetharam, India appreciates the kind of support received from Mauritius for its rightful claim of a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. ‘There are so many issues of mutual interest whether it is climate change or matters related to peace and security and antipiracy and so many areas where we support each other’, he pointed out.
Mr. T. P. Seetharam also thanked all Mauritian people for the friendliness and the warmth with which he and his team have been received, adding that they will take back memories of excellent friendship that all Mauritian have extended to them during their stay.
Born in 1956 in Kerala, on the south-west coast of India, Mr. Seetharam obtained his degree in English literature from Loyola College, Chennai and post graduate degree in English from Madras Christian College. He then joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1980. He has since served in Indian diplomatic missions and posts in Hong Kong, Lusaka, Windhoek, Beijing, Phonm Penh, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Geneva and Bangkok.
In New Delhi, Mr. Seetharam has worked at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, served as Press Secretary to former President of India, Shri K.R. Narayanan and most recently handled India’s bilateral relations with countries in Europe as well as with the European Union.
Mr. T. P. Seetharam will be taking a new assignment as the Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates after serving for nearly two and a half years as High Commissioner of India to Mauritius.
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