Seychelles President Danny Faure says his government has signed off from the establishment of an Indian naval base on the remote island of Assumption. Addressing the media during his second presidential conference of 2018 on June 8, President Faure said the construction of the naval base will not ‘move forward’. Instead, the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) will, in 2019, start setting up its own base on Assumption, one of the many land masses of the 115-island archipelago on the Indian Ocean. “In next year’s budget, we will put aside funds for us to build a (Seychelles) Coast Guard facility on Assumption ourselves. It is important to ensure that we have a military post in this area, “Faure said. (…) President Faure gave reasons for the cancellation of the security deal with India, which has a long history of training and equipping the security forces in the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar. (…)