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Sri Lankan PM meets Indian foreign secretary, discusses fishermen issue

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan met visiting Indian today and discussed issues concerning fishermen and India-funded projects in the island nation.

"Strong regional relationships are integral to our plans to grow our economy and strengthen our position as an economic hub. Today I met with the Indian Mr as we continue to build our relationship with India," Wickremesinghe tweeted.

According to the Prime Minister's office, both sides had talks on the Indian-funded housing project in the North for war displaced families.

Wickremesinghe assured that several India-funded projects in his country will get off the ground this year, according to his office.

They also touched on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between the two nations.

The thorny issue of Indian fishermen allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters was also discussed.

reported that the Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody will be released.

An Indian parliamentary panel had in April this year expressed concerns over the repeated arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities.

A panel member, belonging to the AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu, had even demanded the review of the marine boundary agreements between the two countries.

The had in February recommended release of 113 Indian fishermen arrested around the time by its on charges of fishing in its territorial waters.

Prior to that, the had released 89 fishermen from and Puducherry in the last week of December after they were held on similar charges.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 17:50 IST