India to seek fishing rights around Lankan waters, says report
The new Indian government is likely to ask Sri Lanka to issue commercial licences to its fishermen to operate around the northern Kachchativu islet, a media report said on Sunday ahead of the Sri Lankan External Affairs minister G L Peiris’ visit to New Delhi.
This is to be the new proposal put forward by India aimed at settling the long-running fishing dispute between the two neighbours during Peiris’ visit to New Delhi beginning on Wednesday, Sunday Times reported.
Peiris will have his first official interaction with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Friday, the paper said.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday announced the arrest of another batch of 20 Indian fishermen.
Sri Lanka had shot down a proposal to allow fishing in the Sri Lankan waters during the fishing talks which began in January this year.