Following the announcement that the recent Sudanese referendum results were in favor of the secession of Southern Sudan, Seychelles President James Alix Michel sent a congratulatory letter to HE Mr. Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan, conveying the support and solidarity of the people and government of Seychelles.
President Michel congratulated the South Sudanese people on the birth of their new nation and urged the people to continue to embrace the spirit of peace in the transitional periods ahead:
“This is indeed a very momentous and crucial time in a nation’s fight for self-determination, freedom, and democratic rights… It is with immense joy, pride, and mutual respect that I join the people of Seychelles in reiterating our heartfelt wishes of success, prosperity, stability, democracy, and development to the people of Southern Sudan.”
The President concluded by advocating that the transition is done within the correct political conditions entwined with peace, security, and restraint.
The formal declaration of independence is expected on July 9, later this year.