India to remain engaged with Lanka

Indian Defence Minister AK Antony has said that New Delhi attaches the highest importance to the safety, security and welfare of Indian fishermen and has consistently through diplomatic channels taken up issues relating to incidents of attack on the former with Colombo.

“Government of India attaches the highest importance to the safety, security and welfare of Indian fishermen and has consistently taken up issues relating to incidents of attack on Indian fishermen with the Government of Sri Lanka, through diplomatic channels,” said Antony in a written reply to ShriSivasmi Cin in Lok Sabha today.

“After implementing mutually agreed arrangements, the incidents of attack and apprehension of bonafide Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities, have significantly come down. It has also been agreed to enhance cooperation to allow both countries to pursue their fishing activity in a safe, secure and sustainable manner,” he added.

Antony further said India continues to remain engaged with Colombo to ensure that fishermen on both sides can pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner. (ANI)