India is to establish an overseas military base on an island in the Seychelles archipelago to augment its naval presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and the Seychelles’ Secretary of State, Barry Faure, signed an agreement on 27 January granting permission to the Indian Navy (IN) to build a base and airstrip on Assumption Island.
“This [agreement] reinforces our commitment to not only further deepen India-Seychelles relations, but to also take our partnership to another level,” Jaishankar said in a statement.
“The [mutual] co-operation is exemplified by the operationalisation of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System [CSRS] in March 2016, and our commitment to augment the defence assets and capability of Seychelles,” he added.
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