Colombo: India today repatriated 30 Lankan fishermen, a day after courts in Sri Lanka ordered the release of 66 Indian fishermen arrested by its navy.
"Thirty Sri Lankan fishermen released by the Tamil Nadu State authorities were repatriated to Sri Lanka today (23 December) enabling reunion with their families in time to celebrate Christmas," External Affairs Ministry here said in statement.
The Sri Lankan fishermen boarded SLNS Ranagaja at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and arrive at the Kankasanturai harbour this evening.
"The release of fishermen reflects the keen desire of the two governments to continue consultation for expeditious action on the respective fishermen in custody, with a view to addressing this issue on a humanitarian basis," the statement said.
"It also demonstrates the goodwill and understanding which exists bilaterally in addressing issues relating to fishermen of the two countries, and a manifestation of the warm and abiding relationship," it said.