The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Seychelles in 1976, following Seychelles’ independence from the United Kingdom. The U.S. and Seychelles enjoy a history of partnership and cooperation based on shared priorities. In the Indian Ocean region, the two countries work together to fight piracy and terrorism, strengthen environmental sustainable development, and promote maritime security.
U.S. Assistance to Seychelles
U.S. foreign assistance to Seychelles has focused on maritime security, including training and equipment for Seychelles coast guard, military, and police. The U.S. also provides exchange programs to and from the U.S. for promising leaders and professionals. Seychelles welcomes local U.S.-led education and training opportunities for all its people and benefits from U.S. public diplomacy programs.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Seychelles is no longer eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, having achieved high income status. In 2016, Seychelles imported $12.4 million in goods from the U.S., and exported $6.4 million in goods to the U.S.