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Coast Guards of India, Pak hold talks, focus on maritime boundary violations by fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

of and today held talks, addressing issues pertaining to boundary violations by fishermen from both sides and enhancing cooperation in the area of and rescue, and combating pollution at sea.

"A lot of focus of the meeting was on (violation of maritime boundary by) fishermen," said.

"Focus of the talks was also on cooperation in the area of operations and cooperation in the field of (maritime) pollution," he added.

The four-member delegation of the Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) is being led by its Rear Admiral

Rehman was accompanied by of the PMSA, an official each from and

Two members -- a defence attache and a -- at the High Commission here also participated in the talks.

The high-level meeting was conducted under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two agencies in 2005.

A meeting between the two maritime security agencies was scheduled for October last year, but it was called off amid tension between and Pakistan following the episode.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national and former navy officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charges of alleged spying. has denied the charges and approached the against the sentence.

"This annual meeting is a significant link between the two maritime agencies for addressing issues pertaining to maritime boundary violations by fishermen and enhancing cooperation in the domain of maritime and marine pollution.

"The two service heads from and Pakistan MSA also have a hotline link between them for regular exchange of information on non-military maritime issues as per the MoU between the two governments," a statement by the said.

The Pakistani delegation will be in India till May 30.

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First Published: Mon, May 28 2018. 17:50 IST