It is now a major stumbling block to the India’s strategy as the Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands.
The agreement to this effect had been signed between the two countries back in January.
As per the agreement, India had been allowed military facilities on the remote Assumption island.
The project soon ran into controversy as the opposition members of the tiny Indian Ocean nation’s parliament and lead to public protests.
The controversy is said to be that opposition lawmakers equated it to surrender of country’s sovereignty.
Seychelles is said to be a 115-island nation.
It also emerged that the Indian side ratified the pact while the government in Seychelles now says it won’t seek approval of its Parliament as the opposition are fierce in their objections.
President Faure had earlier told the local media the issue of a military base on Assumption island will not be discussed with PM Modi and that “the project will not move forward”.
The scrapped 20-year pact entailed building an airstrip and a jetty as India steps up a contest with China for influence in the Indian Ocean.>