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Gota to have talks in Delhi

2013 Oct 28

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to visit New Delhi later this week for talks with the Indian government, the Indian media reported.

India would take up the issue of Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails during his visit, Indian Union Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy said Sunday.

The Pres Trust of India quoted Narayanasamy as saying that the Centre had initiated several steps to secure the release of 32 fishermen of Karaikal and neighbouring areas, who have been lodged in Trincomalee prison since July 30.

“The Union government will hold a detailed discussion with Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakha during his visit to New Delhi later this week. We are looking for a permanent solution to the problems faced by Indian fishermen,” he said, adding, the government would also stress for the immediate release of 32 fishermen along with their boats.

Narayanasamy said the Centre was also taking steps for arranging talks between the fishermen of India and Sri Lanka to find a solution to the problems in fishing in Palk Straits. (Colombo Gazette) 

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