GIS - October 18, 2012: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, met the French Interior minister, Mr Manuel Valls, on October 16 at Place Beauveau in Paris. Discussions were focused on bilateral relations between the two countries in particular in the field of internal security.
Both Dr Ramgoolam and Mr Valls have expressed satisfaction on the progress accomplished with regard to the cooperation agreement on security which was signed between the two countries in 2008. France will continue to assist Mauritius to increase its potential in terms of security, namely through advanced training for the police force. New avenues of cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking were explored.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister and Mr Valls also discussed about security issues in the region and the problem of piracy which is affecting countries in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius and France have agreed to pool their efforts together to fight against this scourge.
Discussions also centred on circular migration between the two countries and on that score a French delegation will soon be in Mauritius to take the matter forward. Mauritius is hosting on 21 and 22 November 2012 the 6th Global Forum on Migration and Development summit meeting.
The discussions between the Prime Minister and the French Interior minister followed the meeting Dr Ramgoolam had on 13 October with the French President, Mr François Hollande, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where the two leaders were attending the 14th Francophonie Summit.