Rear Admiral Emre Sezenler, Turkish Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), visited the Seychelles on 11th September to conduct a series of Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) meetings with the leaders of military and civilian organisations involved in maritime security operations.

The KLE commenced with a courtesy call to the Chief of Seychelles People Defense Forces, Brigadier Leopold Payet, where Admiral Sezenler reaffirmed CMF’s continued commitment and maritime support in the region. Admiral Sezenler also expressed his appreciation for Seychelles’ support to maritime security and the free flow of commerce. This call was followed by meeting with Acting Attorney General, Mr.David Esparon, during which the legal aspects of piracy were discussed.

VISIT TO CSPDFChief of Seychelles People Defense Forces, Brigadier Leopold Payet, with Admiral Sezenler
VISIT TO ACT. ATTORNEY GENERALActing Attorney General, Mr.David Esparon, discussing the legal aspects of piracy with Admiral Senzeler

The visit also gave Admiral Senzeler an opportunity to discuss the work of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), currently chaired by the Seychelles Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure. CGPCS was created in January 2009 in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1851 to facilitate the discussion and coordination of actions among states and organizations to suppress Somali piracy. During this meeting Seychelles authorities were informed about recently promulgated Maritime Security Transit Corrdior (MSTC). The KLE concluded with the visit to the Superintendent of Montagne Posee Prison, which currently detains a number of convicted pirates.

VISIT TO CHAIRMAN OF CGPCSSeychelles Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure, who chairs the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) meeting Admiral Senzeler

Asked about his visit, Admiral Sezenler said: “Key leadership engagement is an important role for commanders of Combined Task Forces in CMF, allowing us to meet both civilian and military leaders. These visits have enabled us to demonstrate to the Seychelles how much CMF values its ongoing contribution and to discuss further cooperation and capacity building in the region.”