Sri Lanka negotiating release of nine sailors in Yemen

HarshaThe Government says it is negotiating the release of nine sailors in Yemen.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that the Sri Lankans had been detained over a dispute between two companies.

He said that there was no ransom demand to release the sailors.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also said that Sri Lanka has sought Indian assistance to secure the release of the sailors since the sailors were working for an Indian company.

The sailors were caught nearly two months ago and are currently aboard a Greek vessel ‘Fair Appollon,’ which is anchored at the Port of Hodeidah in Yemen.

The Sri Lankans are among 26 sailors detained in Yemen over the dispute between the two companies.

Dr. Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka’s mission in Oman was in touch with the authorities to obtain details on the issue.

The opposition urged the Government to secure the release of the fishermen and also offer assistance to their families. (Colombo Gazette)

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