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Seychelles is a maritime neighbour and trusted friend of India and both the countries can cooperate in the health care sector apart from other areas of mutual cooperation, President Ram Nath Kovind said today.
He was speaking after meeting a Parliamentary delegation from that country led by Patrick Pillay, Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles.
Welcoming the delegation, the president observed that the last Parliamentary delegation from Seychelles had come in 2013 while the then president Pratibha Patil had addressed the National Assembly of Seychelles in 2012.
The president said that Seychelles is a maritime neighbour and trusted friend of India. The two countries have strong security and defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean region, a press release issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
He said that Seychelles ranks high on the UN human development index. The government of Seychelles is providing universal free health care for all citizens.
He stressed that India and Seychelles can cooperate in the health care sector apart from other areas of cooperation, the release said.
The president congratulated the government of Seychelles for banning plastics from July 1, 2017 in their country.
He also expressed hope that the National Assembly of Seychelles will ratify entry to International Solar Alliance soon.