New Delhi (NVI): Demonstrating its’s commitment to strengthen ties with Seychelles, India on Thursday handed over Fast Patrol Vessel to Seychelles.
Addressing the virtual event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The gift of a Fast Patrol Vessel to Seychelles demonstrates India’s commitment to strengthen Seychelles’ own capacities in safeguarding and surveilling its maritime space.
The virtual event was organized for the joint e-inauguration of several development assistance projects funded by India in Seychelles and the handing over of a Fast Patrol Vessel supplied by India for the use of the Seychelles Coast Guard.
During the event, Modi and President Ramkalawan jointly inaugurated the new Magistrates’ Court building in Seychelles.
The building is the first Indian assisted infrastructure project in Seychelles and has been completed with grant assistance of USD 3.5 million from Government of India.
“The supply of the vessel is in line with time-tested and deep cooperation between India and Seychelles in the field of maritime security and India’s role as a trusted and preferred security partner of Seychelles,” the MEA said.
Modi and the President of Seychelles also jointly e-inaugurated a 1 MW ground mounted Solar Power Plant built with Indian grant assistance in Romainville Island of Seychelles.
Ten (10) Indian High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) in Seychelles were also e-inaugurated by the two dignitaries.
Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of development partnership in people-oriented infrastructure projects in further strengthening cooperation with Seychelles.
Meanwhile, President Wavel Ramkalawan expressed his deep gratitude for India’s continuous support in meeting the security and developmental needs of Seychelles as reflective of the strong and close ties between the two countries.
The cooperation projects showcased at the event are in line with Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region’.