Foreign Ministers of India, Sri Lanka to meet today over fishermen issue

Today, New Delhi, Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister will hold a high-level meeting with Mangala Samarweera, Sri Lankan counterpart to sort out the fishermen issue.

The fishermen associations of both the countries failed to reach a common ground to resolve the issue.

“Sri Lankan livelihood is affected due to the bottom trawling practised by Indian fishermen and their poaching into Sri Lankan territory,” Fishermen based in Sri Lankan north have been claimin.

The fishermen from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu are opposed to Sri Lankan Navy arresting them and seizing their boats.

Their vessels are not returned by the Sri Lankan Government, Though the fishermen are released on humanitarian grounds.

Indian Nine fishermen in Sri Lankan custody were released this week ahead of today’s meeting.

The issue was raised by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena during their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month and both sides had agreed for a high-level meeting.