India wants joint Naval patrols in North Sea

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar is scheduled to visit to Sri Lanka for bilateral and BIMSTEC engagements on this week, Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has requested Sri Lankan authorities to tackle the fisheries issue based on humanitarian approach.

The request was made during the 5th meeting of India- Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on fisheries took place on Friday (25) in a virtual format, the Indian High Commission said.

“Both sides assessed the continuing bilateral cooperation to tackle issues related to fisheries in the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar. The two sides shared appreciation for the concerted efforts undertaken by both the governments to maintain safe and sustainable fishing, including the joint naval patrols and hotline between coast guards.

The Sri Lankan side raised its concerns on the methods used by fishing vessels and stressed that it is imperative for the two countries to work together in drawing up effective measures to mitigate the loss of livelihood. The Indian side took a constructive approach in its response and assured its assistance in this regard,” it further said.

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