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Mauritius: Mauritius and France Sign an Agreement on Search and Rescue
Source: SADC Contribution
Source Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Mauritius
Created: Oct 23, 2012

In her address, Mrs Fong Weng-Poorun said that Mauritius is grateful to the French government for the fruitful collaboration between the two countries, adding that the agreement is a testimony of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between Mauritius and France. She underlined that the agreement will provide for a better exchange of information and knowledge as well as enhance capacity building in terms of SAR.
The Permanent Secretary recalled that the agreement is a result of the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, to Reunion Island in January 2011 when an agreement was signed for the creation of a Working group to be presided by the Préfet of Reunion Island and the French Ambassador in Mauritius as well the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mauritius. The Group had its first meeting in March 2011 during which the need for more cooperation and collaboration in terms of SAR between Mauritius and Reunion Island was underlined.
For his part, the French ambassador pointed out that the agreement lies in the context of the excellent relations of trust and friendship between the two countries. This agreement is the second of the type which has been signed in the Indian Ocean region, the first one was between France and Australia. By virtue of this agreement, the structures and systems of both countries will be in conformity with the provisions of the International Maritime Organisation.


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