In a bid to effectively deal with fishermen entering each other’s territorial waters, India and Sri Lanka Saturday decided to set up a hotline between the coast guards of the two countries.
This was decided at a bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and their Sri Lankan counterparts. Swaraj and Singh held discussions with Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera on “possible mechanisms to help find a permanent solution to the fishermen issues”, a joint statement said.
“The two sides agreed on setting up of a Joint Working Group on Fisheries to meet every three months and a meeting between the Ministers for Fisheries every six months. The delegations would include representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Coast Guards and Navies of both countries. The 1st Ministerial Meeting would be held on January 2, 2017, in Colombo,” it said.
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