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Assumption Island Project in Seychelles is a joint project: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today played down reports of its security pact with becoming public and asserted that the venture there is a "joint project" with an objective to assist that country to secure a vast (EEZ).

Indian officials did not confirm or deny that there was a leak of the security pact inked during the visit of former S Jaishankar there.

"Let me clarify, Project in is a joint project that is executing at the request of the Government of Seychelles," said.

"The objective is to assist secure the vast EEZ, including near Channel, located over a thousand kilometres from the main island of The proposed facility will be owned by Seychelles and jointly managed by both sides," he said.

According to media reports, the details of the security pact were suspected to have been leaked this week from Seychelles.

However, Seychelles on Tuesday recommended that Parliament ratify the agreement with to develop military facilities in a strategically-located in the western by next month, and asserted that the land has not been leased or sold to the Indian government, amidst protests in the country over the pact.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:00 IST