India, Seychelles ink pacts on security cooperation, Sports & Youth Affairs
- Security cooperation
- Sports and Youth Affairs
Both nations inked an MOU on co-operation on training of police personnel of Sychelles.
- India also extended $50 million line of credit and $25 million grant for the Indian Ocean archipelago.
The agreements were inked in Victoria following delegation-level talks by visiting President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her counterpart James Alix Michel. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the present level of bilateral cooperation in the defence and security areas, especially in the context of combating piracy in the Indian Ocean region.
President Michel thanked India for its support in fight against piracy and said that he was looking forward the installation of new radar system which will better protect the Indian Ocean. He also thanked India for its critical support to legal, judicial and police sectors of that nation. Seychelles has constantly defended India’s candidacy for a permanent membership in an expanded UNSC.
President Ms Pratibha Devisingh Patil held that the re-entry of Seychelles as a member of the IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation) will further make the organization more representative and hoped Seychelles will benefit from it.