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Fishermen talks on March 24, 25

2015 Mar 21

The Sri Lankan Government has agreed to talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen on March 24 and 25 in Chennai.

The Fisheries Ministry said that a 10 member delegation representing the Sri Lankan fishermen’s associations and 9 officials will attend the talks from Sri Lanka.

The Tamil Nadu government had this week written to the Union government in India stating that talks between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka be held in Chennai on March 24.

Originally, the State wanted to have the talks on March 5, but Sri Lanka was for March 11. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Sri Lanka and raised the fishermen issue with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Modi had said that the issue should be handled with “humanitarian concern.” Ahead of his visit, Sirisena released 86 fishermen as a goodwill gesture. (Colombo Gazette)

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