Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed increased exchanges between the legislatures of India and Seychelles.
He made the remarks while receiving a 12-member delegation of the Seychelles Parliament led by its Speaker Patrick Pillay.
Modi appreciated the role of the legislatures of the two countries in upholding strong and vibrant ties between India and Seychelles as close partners, including in the Indian Ocean, the PMO said.
He recalled his own productive visit to Seychelles in March 2015 that helped both countries further deepen cooperation, the PMO said in a statement.
The delegation shared their perspectives with prime minister on further strengthening cooperation and people-to- people exchanges between the two countries.
The Seychelles delegation also called on Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Parliament House.
Mahajan said India considers Seychelles not only as a maritime neighbour but also as a trusted friend and a strong strategic partner.
She said the Indian diaspora in Seychelles constitutes an important link between the two countries and that the relations between India and Seychelles are further cemented by strong people-to-people bonds and cultural exchanges.
Mahajan emphasized that India is keen to expand and intensify parliamentary interactions with Seychelles.
Pillay thanked Mahajan for the warm hospitality extended to his delegation, said a statement issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
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