Seychelles President Danny Faure, who is on his first bilateral visit to India, held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25 to boost economic, strategic and defence cooperation.
The meeting is part of the regular high-level exchanges between India and Seychelles.
“Welcoming the esteemed guest at Hyderabad House! PM @narendramodi received the President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure for bilateral talks. Special ties with a maritime neighbor,” Raveesh Kumar spokesperson Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.
“It will accord an opportunity to review our wide-ranging bilateral cooperation, including defence and security, and development partnership,” said an Indian Foreign Ministry statement.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting Seychelles President (who is on a six day India tour) and discussed expansion of bilateral ties, including capacity building and human resource development.
Kumar tweeted, “Relationship which is deep-rooted & historical! EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on President of #Seychelles Danny Faure in New Delhi. Good discussion on expanding bilateral cooperation in all areas, specially capacity building, human resource development and people-to-people contacts.”
During his visit, Seychelles’s president also visited Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and held a meeting with Errol D’Souza, the institute’s director.
The visit comes in wake of growing political opposition in Seychelles to an agreement it signed with India in 2015 to develop a naval base at the island.