Seychelles President arrives in Gujarat, visits IIM-A, Sabarmati Ashram
Seychelles President Danny Faure, who is on a visit to India, arrived at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport on Friday.
The visit comes on the heels of his government's announcement earlier this month that a joint project with India to develop a naval base at Assumption Island would not move forward.
Faure visited IIM Ahmedabad today and held a meeting with the director of the prestigious institute, Errol D'Souza, who is a long-time friend of his.
! President of Seychelles, Danny Antoine Rollen Faure visited IIM Ahmedabad where the motto is Education should be utilized for development and enlightenment. pic.twitter.com/XHk9uHEZLcRaveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 23, 2018
Faure also visited the Sabarmati Ashram and paid his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Where the message of truth and non-violence reverberates in eternity! President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure visited the Sabarmati Ashram and paid his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/UiiP9pno9gRaveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 23, 2018
Faure would also visit the Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) in Gandhinagar before leaving for Goa Saturday afternoon.
At GFSU, apart from interacting with university officials, Faure would meet 18 police officers from the Seychelles who were undergoing training there.
Governor OP Kohli would host a lunch for him before he departs from Gujarat, officials said.
There had been growing political opposition in the Seychelles to a pact it signed with India in 2015 to develop a naval facility on Assumption Island which would have given India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region.
At a press conference on June 4, Faure had said the Seychelles would develop military facilities on the island on its own, and the project with India "will not move forward".
(With inputs from agencies)