India to donate Dornier aircraft, interceptor boat to Seychelles
According to Indian newspaper the Deccan Herald, the military equipment will be donated in terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Indian Prime Narendra Modi and Seychelles President James Michel during his state visit to India on Wednesday. No time frame was given for deliveries.
Once delivered, the interceptor boat will be the seventh navy ship to be donated to the Seychelles Coast Guard, which already operates two Indian-made boats within its fleet of six vessels.
In a statement announcing the donation on Wednesday, Modi said his country will continue to provide the Seychelles with maritime security equipment to protect its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) because it is a key strategic economic and security partner in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). ■