Delhi's plans to bolster influence in Indian Ocean hit snag

Proposal for naval facility in Seychelles runs into trouble; ties with Maldives worsen

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Delhi's plans to bolster influence in Indian Ocean hit snag'. Print Edition | Subscribe