Indian and SL Navies discuss measures to curb fishermen assaults, smuggling

Indian and SL Navies discuss measures to curb fishermen assaults, smuggling

Indian and SL Navies discuss measures to curb fishermen assaults, smuggling

Written by Amani Nilar

30 Sep, 2021 | 9:43 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): The Navies of Sri Lanka and India discussed measures to be taken to prevent Indian fishing vessels from entering Sri Lankan waters and assaults and destruction of fishing gear of local fishermen by Indian fishermen.

The Navies discussed several key points to curb smuggling across Indian waters and the entry of Sri Lankan fishermen into Indian waters as well.

Moreover, the two parties also discussed the importance of educating the Indian fishing community to prevent Indian fishing vessels from entering Sri Lankan waters.

Meanwhile, the two sides reached a consensus at the meeting on increasing border patrols and strengthening information exchange mechanisms between either side to curb illegal activities.

The relevant points were discussed during the 31st International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between the navies of Sri Lanka and India was held on a virtual setting at the Light House Galley, Colombo, yesterday (29).

Held for the 31st time, the IMBL meeting focuses on exchange of views to overcome common challenges faced by both partners, while enhancing mutual understanding among navies as well as Coast Guards of two countries.

 

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