Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to develop a mechanism and find a permanent solution to the issue of fishermen straying into each other’s waters,” following a meeting with visiting President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena.
The Ministry of External Affairs informed that Sri Lanka currently holds 34 Indian fishermen and 96 Indian fishing boats in custody.
In comparison, the spokesperson said India has 13 Sri Lankan boats in custody and no Sri Lankan fishermen.
Prime Minister Modi also assured President Sirisena that India will continue to assist Sri lanka’s reconciliation programme.
President Sirisena arrived in New Delhi to attend the Simhastha Mahakumbha mela and Modi will accompany him during the visit.
The Sri Lankan President will also visit the famous Sanchi Stupa in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh.