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PM Modi accorded ceremonial reception at State House in Seychelles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the State House here on Wednesday.

Victoria (Seychelles): Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the State House here on Wednesday.

After the reception, Prime Minister Modi met Seychelles President James Michel.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi, writing in the visitor's book at the State House, Victoria, said the people of Seychelles had made him feel like 'one of their own'.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi embarked on his five-day, three-nation visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

Relations between India and Seychelles have been characterized by close cooperation and understanding. An Indian naval ship, the INS Tarasa, was gifted to Seychelles in 2014 to augment surveillance and patrolling capacity of Seychelles waters. Several Indian ships have since made port calls in Victoria.

In 2009, on the request of Seychelles, India dispatched naval ships to patrol its exclusive economic zone and guard it against piracy. India has also helped Seychelles' armed forces in capacity building.

During the Indian presidential visit to Seychelles in 2012, India announced USDS 50 million as Line of Credit and USD 25 million as grant to the Government of Seychelles. Indian assistance has also flowed since the 1980's under ITEC programme in civilian defense and other fields.

Indians constitute about one tenth of the country's 91,000-strong population. On January 9, 2015, the Pravasi Bharatitya Samman Award was conferred on a Seychelles citizen of Indian origin, Justice D Karunakaran. He is the second Seychellian recipient of the award. The community is looking forward to greater people to people contact with India which would receive an impetus with the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the island nation.

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