GIS - 10 December, 2018: The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, expressed sincere appreciation to diplomatic corps for their contribution in advancing bilateral and international partnerships, yesterday at the annual diplomatic gathering organised by the Prime Minister’s Office at Le Maritim Hotel in Balaclava.
Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that the traditional end of year diplomatic gathering is an opportunity to renew and celebrate the bond of friendship that unites all diplomatic corps to reaffirm their shared commitment with a view to enhancing ties.
He emphasised that close cooperation, global and collective responses as well as strong multilateral commitments are integral to combating confluence of crises such as climate change, marine environmental degradation, migration, transnational and cyber crimes involving human trafficking, arms and drugs.
With regard to the Chagos issue, Prime Minister Jugnauth conveyed gratitude to all countries for oral and written submissions to the International Court of Justice for the claim of the Chagos Archipelago’s sovereignty by Mauritius. He also seized the opportunity to express his thankfulness to the European Union and African Union for their unflinching support on various fronts.
The Prime Minister further reiterated the longstanding relations that Mauritius share with India, China, France, Russia, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and several African countries. These countries, he underlined, have continuously provided support to Mauritius in economic, cultural, educational and technological fields.
On this occasion, he paid tribute to statesmen who passed away during year 2018 namely the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, the former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, the former President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush for their outstanding achievements and commitments in their political careers.
Prime Minister Jugnauth reaffirmed that Mauritius will continue to work hand-in-hand with countries while simultaneously ensuring collective interest for a fair and secure society. On this note, he presented his seasons greeting to the diplomatic corps as well as their respective Heads of State and Government.
For her part, the Ambassador of the European Union to Mauritius and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Mrs Marjaana Sall, pointed out that Mauritius has come a long way after fifty years of independence to thrive as a successful country in the African continent. She underlined that international partners have accompanied Mauritius in its socio-economic development which she said, has brought closer cooperation at all levels.
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