The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has issued a statement regarding media queries on the recent auctioning of Indian fishing boats seized while in Sri Lankan waters.
The statement notes :
“High Commission of India has seen several reports and statements regarding the auctioning of Indian fishing vessels in Sri Lanka.”
“At the outset, it is stressed that there is an existing bilateral understanding between the Government of India and Government of Sri Lanka on the matter. In accordance with this understanding, a team from the State of Tamil Nadu, India was to visit Sri Lanka regarding modalities to finalize disposal of unsalvageable Indian fishing boats in Sri Lanka. The High Commission has recently again sought necessary clearance from the Government of Sri Lanka for the visit.”
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