The Minister will sign an agreement of cooperation against piracy in the Indian Ocean. Carme Chacon began a small tour of Africa. Atalanta will visit the Spanish military operation against piracy. Dnsa, Carme Chacon, Spanish Minister arrived on Monday the Seychelles to sign an agreement of collaboration in the fight against piracy in the waters of the Indian Ocean, within a small tour of Africa that includes a visit to the Spanish soldiers deployed in the Atalanta operation. Minister landed in the early hours of the morning in Port Victoria, capital of Seychelles, where it intends to meet with the President of the country, James A.
Michel, as well as with the Minister of Internal Affairs, environment and transport, to sign the collaboration agreement between the two countries that will allow to reinforce the already existing agreements on the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean waters. During his stay in the Seychelles, in just three hours, Chacon will move to the authorities the appreciation of the Spanish Government to its collaboration in the fight against piracy and its support for the tuna fleet Spanish having its base in this country, sources from the Ministry of Dnsa. Spain and Seychelles signed a series of agreements of collaboration in the fight against piracy, fishing and military cooperation on 14 November, on the occasion of the official visit to Spain of its President, James A. Michel. The agreements include aspects such as the overflight of the airspace and the use of ports and airports in Seychelles by Spanish military units, the transit through its territory of armament for the Spanish fishing, support from Seychelles to incarcerate suspected pirates, and the exchange of information on pirate groups operating in the area. Visit to Djibouti subsequently, the Minister will travel to Djibouti to visit Spanish troops who fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia. She is using, in addition, to meet with the authorities of this country and analyse various aspects of the situation in the area and operation Atalanta. This is the third visit of the Spanish Dnsa holder – the first made on November 2, 2008 and the second the 20 of April of 2009 – the contingent military moved to the African continent, comprising some 500 ctive.
Currently, Spain has deployed in the area Santa Maria combat frigate and an air detachment in Djibouti with a P-3 reconnaissance aircraft, as well as a group of trainers of the somali army, in Uganda. The Minister is scheduled to visit the frigate, which is these days docked in the port of Djibouti, and the air detachment. Operation Atalanta is the first European maritime mission and has for purpose to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and robbery armed in Somali waters in support of the UN Security Council resolution 1816. Source of the news: Carme Chacon arrives in Seychelles to sign an agreement in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean