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Release of Indian fishermen only after talks: SL

The release of Indian fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka government has hit a roadblock. According to an agency report from Colombo on Sunday, Sri Lanka has said it will not release over 200 Indian fishermen lodged there before the India-Lanka fisheries talks, scheduled in New Delhi later this week to resolve a major irritant in bilateral ties. Fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratne, due to visit New Delhi for the proposed talks on Tuesday, said there would be no release of Indian fishermen before the meeting, a day after Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa ordered the release of 179 Lankan fishermen lodged in state prisons to create a favourable atmosphere. Senaratne and a team of Sri Lankan legal, naval and external affairs ministry officials are scheduled to meet minister for agriculture Sharad Pawar, whose portfolio includes fisheries. See pg7
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