Written by Zulfick Farzan
30 Dec, 2020 | 6:40 pm
Colombo (News 1st); Sri Lanka has underlined the need to address the matter of illegal fishing in the Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen, which resulted in the loss of livelihood and damage to fishing equipment of local fishermen at the 4th Meeting of Sri Lanka- India Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries on Wednesday (30).
The Indian side elaborated details in regard to the legal action taken against such practices and the initiatives to encourage South Indian fishermen to engage in deep-sea fishing and alternative livelihood.
Sri Lankan delegation conveyed the need to further enhance the joint patrolling and operationalization of the hotline between the Law Enforcement authorities of the two countries to ensure effective results.
The Indian delegation called on the Sri Lanka Government to ensure the early release of recently arrested fishermen by Sri Lanka authorities.
The Sri Lankan side assured to facilitate the release of arrested fishermen early, once the legal procedures are completed.
The relevant authorities have already granted the necessary facilities including consular access to the arrested Indian fishermen.
The discussion also focused on Sri Lanka’s request for a safe passage for Sri Lankan fishermen to enter the Arabian Sea.
Both sides expressed the willingness to convene an early Ministerial meeting to continue the bilateral dialogue.
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