Ambassador Potter retires from public service



President Danny Faure has accepted the decision of Ambassador Marie-Louise Potter to retire from public service effective March 1, 2017.

Ambassador Potter has expressed the desire to dedicate more time to family and personal projects and undertakings that had been put on hold since her appointment as Seychelles permanent representative to the United Nations in March 2012.

Ambassador Potter has had a distinguished career in public service spanning over a period of 36 years starting in education and then branching out into public administration and training, local government, parliament and diplomacy.

In accepting her desire to retire from her current post of Foreign Secretary which she has held since November 1, 2016, President Faure has thanked Ambassador Potter for her dedicated and loyal service to Seychelles and the Seychellois people.

President Faure has described Ambassador Potter as a model of leadership, generosity and compassion beyond words.

“She has been and will always remain a close compatriot and a loyal friend who I know I can continue to count on in moments of need, and in recognition of her dedication to service, I will call upon her to be my special envoy for specific missions when the need arises. I wish her the very best in her future undertakings,” President Faure said.


Source: NATION 2-25-17


President Faure appoints new Foreign Secretary


Following the retirement of Ambassador Marie-Louise Potter from public service, President Danny Faure has appointed Ambassador Claude Morel as the new Foreign Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs with effect from March 1, 2017.

Ambassador Claude Morel is a distinguished career diplomat, having held ambassadorial posts since 1997. He has served as Seychelles’ permanent representative to the United Nations, SADC (Southern African Development Community) and Comesa (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), and as resident Seychelles ambassador to the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, USA, Canada, Cuba and South Africa. 

He was also accredited as non-resident Seychelles ambassador to many other African and European countries. 

Ambassador Morel has also represented Seychelles at Unesco and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Ambassador Morel was also the principal secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between March 2005 and July 2007.


Source: NATION 2-25-17