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Prez: India will work with Seychelles to check piracy
Press Trust of India
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunil Gatade | Age Correspondent |
Victoria (Seychelles)- In the backdrop of the menace posed by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, India on Sunday said it was determined to work with Seychelles to ensure a secure environment for the benefit of the two countries.
President Pratibha Patil, who arrived here to a warm welcome for a two-day state visit, said, “India and Seychelles share the waters of the Indian ocean”.
“The Indian Ocean is a strong bond between us. We are committed to work together closely in order to ensure the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region in the face of threats of piracy and terrorism”.
Noting that the strategically located Island Republic of Seychelles falls in the seaways of the global trade route, Ms Patil said “we are determined to work with the government of Seychelles to ensure a secure environment for the mutual benefit of our peoples”.
Ms Patil’s remarks are significant as there is extensive cooperation between India and Seychelles in areas of defence and security.
India has provided defence equipment and gifted a naval patrol vessel INS Tarmugli in 2005.
It also has Maritime and Naval advisors in this strategic island country.
Indian Navy is actively engaged in patrolling the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone against Somali pirate activities.
Some agreement is expected to be signed during the visit of Ms Patil, the second Presidential visit in 22 years, but she did not respond to a question on the issue from reporters accompanying her.
An Indian Naval Dornier aircraft is currently stationed here to assist Seychelles in the anti-piracy operations. — PTI
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