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India and Seychelles signed Four pacts to boost security cooperation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a Three-nation tour, held talks with the President of Seychelles James Alix Michel. Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Seychelles in the last 34 years. Late premier Indira Gandhi had visited Seychelles in 1981. Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval were part of the Indian delegates, who take part in discussion President James Alix Michel.

The leaders have witnessed the signing of four agreements between India and Seychelles

  1. Cooperation in hydrography
  2. Cooperation in renewable energy
  3. Cooperation in infrastructure development
  4. Cooperation in sale of navigation charts and electronic navigational charts

Key Points in the visit

  • Modi launched the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project. 
  • Modi announced free visas to India for three months to the citizens of Seychelles. 
  • PM has promised to extend the Visa on arrival facility to Seychelles. 
  • Discussed about comprehensive cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. 
  • Expressed his support for a more powerful and productive Indian Ocean Rim Association.
  • Establishment of a Joint Working Group to expand mutual cooperation on the blue economy. 
  • Modi announced that India will give a second Dronier aircraft to Seychelles. 
  • Modi thanked Michel for the consistent support to India in International Forums.