Sri Lanka president Sirisena asks for firm solution to fishermen issue

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a 'firm' solution to the 'thorny' fishermen issue

PTI October 16, 2016 21:17:59 IST
Sri Lanka president Sirisena asks for firm solution to fishermen issue

Cavelossim, Goa: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a "firm" solution to the "thorny" fishermen issue.

Sri Lanka president Sirisena asks for firm solution to fishermen issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during the opening ceremony of the BIMSTEC Summit in Mobor, Goa on Sunday. PTI

The Lankan President made the demand during a meeting with Modi where the two leaders reviewed bilateral cooperation in a whole host of areas, including energy and health.

There was a discussion on the thorny issue of fishermen. President Sirisena said he wanted a firm solution on the issue. Modi agreed with him and said "we must find a proper solution to this long festering issue," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said after a meeting held ahead of the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit in Cavelossim, 50 km from Panaji.

"As you know we have invited the Sri Lankan fisheries minister to India and we hope at that time, the discussions would lead to some kind of mutually acceptable outcome," Swarup said.

"The PM briefed Sirisena on the Uri terror attack. He noted the support Sri Lanka had provided to India, and expressed his gratitude to people and government of Sri Lanka," he said.

"Modi said that as a result of the solidarity that the countries of the region had shown after the Uri terror attacks, a message had gone across that people in our region want peace and they recognise that the biggest challenge to peace and prosperity is terrorism," Swarup said.

The two leaders also reviewed bilateral cooperation in a whole host of areas like energy and health.

The Lankan leader thanked Modi for gifting ambulances to western and southern provinces and hoped this will be extended to other areas as well, Swarup said. "He briefed Modi on progress in rehabilitation projects in the northern province," he said.

Modi later met the Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay, the MEA spokesperson said.

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