Amid experiences concerning the apprehension of 36 Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, New Delhi on Thursday stated it’s in shut contact with Colombo to confirm the knowledge, in addition to to make sure consular entry to the Indians and facilitate their early launch.
Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated that the fishermen difficulty has been on the agenda of bilateral dialogue between India and Sri Lanka for a few years.
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In the meantime, experiences are doing rounds that Sri Lankan Navy had apprehended 36 Indian fishermen and 5 of their fishing vessels on December 14 and 15.
“(Indian) Authorities attaches excessive precedence to this difficulty. We’re in shut contact with the Authorities of Sri Lanka by means of our Excessive Fee in Colombo and the Consulate in Jaffna to confirm the knowledge and to make sure consular entry and facilitate the early launch of the fishermen and their boats,” Srivastava stated throughout a briefing.
“The fishermen difficulty and the matter of fishing boats have been on the agenda of bilateral dialogue between India and Sri Lanka for a few years,” he stated, including that the 2 governments have been seized of this primarily humanitarian matter at excessive ranges.
Srivastava additional stated that there are well-established bilateral mechanisms between India and Sri Lanka for discussions and cooperation on the problem of the fishermen.
Since these couldn’t be convened as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, it has now been mutually agreed to carry a gathering of the bilateral Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries by means of the digital format on December 30, 2020.
“The JWG, which is led on the Indian facet by secretary, division of fisheries, is anticipated to deal with all the problems regarding the topic… between India and Sri Lanka, together with the discharge of apprehended fishermen and fishing boats, modalities of communication between related authorities on the 2 sides, cooperation in coping with points associated to the livelihood of the fishing group on each side and such different issues as are mutually agreed upon,” he additional stated.
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