Battling Piracy: India-Seychelles

India’s maritime security moves in the Indian Ocean.

Battling Piracy: India-Seychelles

Victoria (Seychelles), Mar.11 (ANI): India has never really taken its attention off from the South and South-West Indian Ocean (SSWIO) region, even though China is increasing its footprint in the region.

While India is uncomfortable with the Chinese presence here, there is no cause yet for alarm bells to ring.

Moreover, India shares close historical and non-threatening security ties with countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Seychelles is a step in this direction to increase people-to-people connectivity and security linkages with the island nation.

Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was in Seychelles in 2007, and the last time that an Indian Prime Minister was here on an official visit was in 1981.

Seychelles had offered China its harbor for refueling and docking of Chinese warships stationed in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.

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Source: aninews.in

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