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    India, Seychelles agree to lease Assumption Island for ‘infrastructure development

    India will be leasing the Assumption Island, one of the 115 islands that constitute the Seychelles.

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    -PM Narendra Modi and President of Seychelles James Alexis Michel

    India will be leasing the Assumption Island, one of the 115 islands that constitute the Seychelles.

    On paper, the island will be leased for ‘island development’ for tourism purposes, but in actuality, it could be put to use as a listening and surveillance post. This arrangement is similar to that with the Mauritius authorities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a day long visit to the Seychelles, spoke of the agreements signed between the two sides with respect to Assumption Island. “Our agreement today on the development of infrastructure in the Assumption Island gives a strong boost to this partnership,” Prime Minister Modi said here.

    “President Michel and I underlined the importance of comprehensive cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. We expressed support for a more active and productive Indian Ocean Rim Association. Our development partnership is also a strong pillar of our relations,” he added. Prime Minister Modi also spoke of the ‘unique’ and ‘special’ relationship between India and Seychelles.

    “We regard Seychelles as a vital partner in our Indian Ocean neighbourhood. Our relationship is unique and special. It is founded on deep sense of mutual trust and confidence. It is marked by a spirit of respect and equality; and enormous goodwill and warmth. It draws strength from our shared values of democracy and inclusiveness. It is nurtured by a common purpose - progress of our people and peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean Region,” he said.

    “Seychelles has made impressive progress. It has shown that size is no barrier to the scale of achievements. This visit and my conversation with President Michel have reinforced my conviction in the strength and the importance of this relationship. Our security partnership is strong. It has enabled us to fulfil our shared responsibility to advance maritime security in the region. It is a privilege to be a partner of Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities,” he added.

    Speaking of matters of security cooperation between the two nations, Prime Minister Modi spoke of the coastal surveillance radar project, that he is scheduled to launch with President Michel later in the day. “Today, I am pleased to announce that we will be giving one more Dornier aircraft to Seychelles. Later today, I will have the honour to launch the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project. This is another symbol of our cooperation. These steps will enable Seychelles to secure these beautiful islands and the vast expanse of waters around them. Seychelles will also continue to make an enormous contribution to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region,” he said.

    “Our agreement today on hydrographic survey adds a new dimension to our maritime cooperation. I thank Seychelles for their confidence in India. We also hope that Seychelles will soon be a full partner in the maritime security cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” he added.

    Assumption Island is one of the 115 islands scattered over 1.5 million square kilometres of sea in the middle of the Western Indian Ocean. The islands fall into two distinct groups – the Inner Islands that lie within the relatively shallow Seychelles Plateau – and the Outer Islands that lie beyond the Plateau up to ten degrees south of the Equator.

    The Assumption Island is 11.74 square kilometres in size and is part of the Aldabra Group. Relations between India and Seychelles have been characterized by close cooperation and understanding, specifically in the defence sector.

    In 1986, India had executed ‘Operation Flowers are Blooming’ in Seychelles, when on a request by then-president Rene, prime minister Rajiv Gandhi instructed then Indian Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Tahiliani, to dispatch the frigate INS Vindhyagiri to avert a coup.

    In 2009, on the request of Seychelles, India dispatched naval ships to patrol its exclusive economic zone and guard it against piracy. India has also helped Seychelles’ armed forces in capacity building.

    In 2014, an Indian naval ship, the INS Tarasa, was gifted to Seychelles to augment surveillance and patrolling capacity of Seychelles waters. Several Indian ships have since made port calls in Victoria.

    Seychelles had earlier offered China its harbour for refuelling and docking of Chinese warships stationed in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.

    India was alarmed by the development, though Beijing tried to assuage Indian fears that it was not looking at Seychelles as a military base, but only as a pit stop for refuelling purposes.

    India, Seychelles agree to lease Assumption Island for ‘infrastructure development’ | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
     
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    china have permanent military base in seychelles,

    is this means india going to have same???
     
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    Those military bases should be far apart and i wont underestimate chinese, they will spy us with their satalites.
     
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    no naval base but a permission to berth and refuel in seychelles.
     
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    They don't but have permission to berth and refuel. Now we will not only have the base but one of the island as our base so in a way you can say out of the 115 island we have one to build military installment.

    Basically Navy just installed a radar base to track Chinese activity in Indian ocean.
     
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    India to develop two islands in Indian Ocean

    NEW DELHI: In a major boost for India in the Indian Ocean, the government has bagged ''infrastructure development rights'' for two islands in the region - Agalega from Mauritius and Assumption from Seychelles - during PM Narendra Modi's ocean outreach comprising visits to Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.

    New Delhi marked its Indian Ocean presence with Modi offering to set up joint working groups with the two blue economies in the region to harness potential for economic cooperation. The understanding to allow India to develop these islands is of huge strategic significance for India which is widely seen as having lost out to China in having a purposeful engagement with the littoral states despite its own central location.

    The Modi government has sought to address the issue by acknowledging the primacy of Indian Ocean for India's security and for maintaining peace and stability in the region. Official sources said that the development rights for the two islands had been discussed for months before these were successfully concluded during Modi's visit in a sign that ''Indian Ocean was going to be India's Ocean''.

    ''Our agreement today on the development of infrastructure in the Assumption Island (Seychelles) gives a strong boost to this partnership,'' said Modi in a media statement, adding that the ocean economy was indispensable to meeting India's future challenges. Modi also launched a Coastal Surveillance Radar Project


    India signed an MoU with Mauritius for setting up and upgrading infrastructure for improving sea and air connectivity at the outer island of Mauritius ''which will go a long way in ameliorating the condition of the inhabitants of this remote Island". Foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said these facilities are also expected to enhance the capabilities of the Mauritian defence forces in safeguarding their interests in the island.

    Until recently India seemed ill-equipped to meet the challenge from China which aggressively sought to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean by undertaking mega infrastructure projects in several littoral countries. Its maritime silk road proposal was embraced by many of these countries including Sri Lanka which Modi will be visiting on Friday. China's decision to send submarines in Indian Ocean right up to the Gulf of Aden in the recent past has added another dimension to the problem for India. While the new government in Sri Lanka is expected to address India's security concerns which it repeatedly and unsuccessfully raised with the previous government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the situation in Maldives is still not to New Delhi's liking as pro India former President Mohamed Nasheed remains under detention.

    India signed another MoU with Mauritius which will provide an extensive framework for cooperation in the field of ocean economy. It provides for mutually beneficial cooperation for exploration and capacity development in the field of marine resources, fisheries, green tourism, research and development of ocean technology, exchange of experts and other related activities.

    India to develop two islands in Indian Ocean - The Times of India
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    on anti piracy duties only.
     
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    for time being, good sir, don't know what is in future.

    even India has radar installations for now in that area for checking piracy. but may be something else in FUTURE.
     

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