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India, Lanka agree to minister-level meet to address fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and have agreed to have a meeting between the ministers for fisheries of the two countries at the earliest in a bid to finding a permanent solution to the fishermen issue.

This was discussed between External Affairs Minister and visiting Sri Lankan Minister for Development Strategy and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, sources said today. Samarawickrama was on a two-day visit to the country, starting from July 4.

"Swaraj emphasised the urgency of finding a permanent solution to the fishermen issue, recommended by the joint commission meeting in February 2016," one of the sources said, adding it was agreed that the meeting between the ministers for fisheries would be held at the earliest.

The two leaders also discussed ways to create an enabling environment for Indian industry to invest in and reviewed the status of various projects, including the Sampur power plant, rehabilitation of Palaly airfield and Kankesanthurai harbour.

Discussions also emphasised the 'neighbourhood first' policy between the two countries with Swaraj reiterating that would like its economic growth trajectory to also lead to growth for Sri Lanka, the sources said.

First Published: Thu, July 07 2016. 00:48 IST