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Sri Lanka releases Indian fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today released 85 Indian fishermen, a week after it assured that it will set free all those held in its custody.

"77 Indian fishermen released with efforts of High Commission of in Colombo. Remaining 8, also released today, expected shortly," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Last week, had informed the Indian High Commission in Colombo that it will release all 85 Indian fishermen in its custody.

On March 8, and had agreed to release fishermen held in each other's custody after a high-level discussion between the two sides in Colombo in a bid to defuse the tension following the killing of an Indian fisherman.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 21:57 IST