President's message marks Africa Day

26 May 2010 |

May 26, 2010 -- In his capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs, President James Michel yesterday sent out a message to mark Africa Day.

The message reads:

"All Seychellois join together on the occasion of Africa Day to proudly celebrate the unbreakable ties that bind us to the continent of Africa -- our continent!

"As a nation born from so many ethnic origins, we are a celebration of the diversity that makes Africa so fascinating to the world. Within this diversity, the spirit of Africa guides us towards a future full of promise and opportunity.

"The theme for this year's celebration -- Building and sustaining peace through sports -- is most appropriate as Africa hosts its first ever World Cup in a few weeks' time.

"South Africa's success is Africa's success. And Seychelles is so proud of being a part of this momentous occasion as a son of Seychelles has reached the pinnacle of his profession to officiate at the World Cup finals.

"I am sure every Seychellois will be following events that unfold over the competition with keen interest, and we all offer referee Eddie Maillet our warmest wishes. The hands of fate will define the teams that win and lose, but Africa as a whole will emerge as a winner, with unprecedented opportunities for the future.

"Sport has the ability to enhance cohesion and foster peace and development in many ways, and Seychelles is proud it will play its part as the host of the Indian Ocean Island Games in 2011.  

"Africa has seen many struggles and unfortunate events. Through sports and similar activities we are determined as African nations to show that peace, stability and unity are key components to our commitment to our peoples.

"We believe in peace. We believe in Africa."


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