India has offered another line of credit to Mauritius in support of defence procurement. The new offer – announced during Indian president Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the Indian Ocean island nation on 12 March – amounts to USD100 million and follows New Delhi’s provision of USD46 million to Mauritius in 2014.
According to the Indian government, the new round of credit will fund the acquisition of an Indian-constructed multipurpose patrol vessel that will support Mauritius’ efforts to enhance maritime security. “India and Mauritius share common security concerns in the Indian Ocean Region,” said Kovind. “I am happy to announce today that India will supply a multipurpose offshore patrol vessel to Mauritius under a line of credit.”
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