India's bid to bolster its influence in the Indian Ocean has suffered a setback, said analysts, as plans to develop a naval facility in the Seychelles hit a snag and ties with the Maldives continue on a downward spiral.
Seychelles President Danny Faure, set to visit India for a trip starting on Monday, announced this month that a 2015 proposal between India and the Seychelles to build naval facilities on Assumption Island would not go ahead, given resistance from opposition parties and ruling party members.
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