Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar called on President Sirisena at the UN Headquarters in New York.
During this meeting the fishermen issue was discussed and the President said the two Governments look at it as a humanitarian issue and whenever fishermen are arrested for illegal border crossing, the respective Governments release them as early as possible.
He also said, the Government of Sri Lanka and the fisherman in the North are concerned about the long term damage caused to the environment and the sea resources.
Hence, he said an early solution should be found with the involvement of the fisher community. He urged India’s Central Government assistance on this.
The President also expressed his condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka over the recent violence in Kashmir resulting in several killings and the President further said that the region should collectively act to curb such violence and the Minister briefed the President regarding the situation that lead to the recent incident.
President Sirisena said such complicated situations should be dealt with patience and the dialogue is the only way to find solutions to such issues.
The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs preferred some delays in commencement of some joint ventures in Sri Lanka and pointed out the need to expedite those projects. The President said he continuously examine the progress of proposed projects. (Colombo Gazette)