India and Seychelles’s proposed joint plan for building military infrastructure on the Assumption island in the Western Indian Ocean has been revealed. The details of the security deal between the countries government leaked on the Internet threatening the security of the nations. It is a security breach of the original agreement on a proposed joint plan.
On March 6, the details leaked on the internet and the government of Seychelles has already launched an inquiry into this matter of security breach. However, from the Indian side, there is no official statement has been released yet. The Vice President of Seychelles told that whoever shared the plans has breached the secrecy act and the constitution.
Seychelles and India signed an agreement for 20-years which enables both the countries to make military infrastructures on the Assumption island. It is a revised agreement of an earlier agreement signed in March 2015. In the security breach, it is reported that both of these agreements got leaked on the internet by some Seychelles official. It also includes Detailed Project Report of the site drawings of the airfield and other installments prepared by India.
To clarify the concern of some groups of Seychellians over the proposed project, Seychelles President Danny Faure told the national assembly, “Assumption belongs to Seychelles and Seychellois. Land on Assumption has not been sold or leased to the Government of India.”
As now due to the leak of the crucial military project of the countries, both the nation might proceed to re-structure the complete plan which will delay the project. Also, Seychelles President Danny Faure will be visiting India soon to attend the first International Solar Alliance summit.
The leaked military agreement is all about:
In March 2015, Indian Prime Minister visited the island nation of Seychelles and at that time, both the nations signed an agreement to set up a military infrastructure base in the Assumption island. The Assumption island is one of the 125 islands in the Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian ocean. In January 2018, a re-negotiated agreement that contained a number of concerns from the Seychelles side has been signed by India and Seychelles.
This agreement will strengthen India’s maritime strategy, which will improve the monitoring of China’s movements in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles will be assisted in military capabilities such as control and marine surveillance of the islands.
With this unprecedented leak, the project has been pulled for the past three years, however, it will be further delayed due to this security breach.