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Seychelles Agrees to Develop Indian Naval Base on Assumption Island

India and Seychelles on Monday agreed to work together on a project to develop a naval base at the Assumption Island keeping each other's concerns in mind after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Danny Faure.

On the project to develop a naval facility at the island, which would give India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region, Modi said, "We have agreed to work together on the Assumption Island project based on each other's rights." 

Just days earlier, the island nation had announced that the joint venture to develop a naval base at Assumption Island would not go ahead since the lawmakers had opposed it on the ground that allowing India access to Assumption would amount to surrendering sovereignty of the territory. 

Faure, in his remarks, said the Assumption Island project was discussed and the two countries equally engaged to work together bearing each other's interests. 

The agreement was signed by the two countries during Modi's first visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago nation in 2015, allowing India to build naval facilities on Assumption Island. The opposition in Seychelles is opposed to the pact.

The Seychelles President is on his first bilateral visit to India at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. He visited Ahmedabad and Goa before landing in Delhi.

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