At the third round of bilateral talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen held here on Tuesday, the Indian fishermen gave a seven point plea including nod to fish in the island nation territory for 83 days in a year which their Lankan counterparts said they would consider.
The third round of bilateral talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka over the issue of fishing in Palk Strait will be held here tomorrow in the backdrop of that country's Premier claiming the right to shoot down intruding Indian fishermen.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Gujarat Fisheries department officials on Sunday received the 57 Indian fishing boats at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) that were released by Pakistan form its custody.
Fifty-four Indian fishermen have been arrested by Sri Lankan navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, days before the visit of a Lankan delegation to India to discuss the contentious fishermen issue.
Members in Parliament Wednesday voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his country's Navy has the right to shoot any "intruder", prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has again said that his country's Navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into its territorial waters, notwithstanding India's forthright disapproval.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday asked the Centre to request Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to advise his Navy on the recent attacks on Indian fishermen and said such incidents may harm relations between the two countries.
As many as 86 Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters are set to be released as a goodwill gesture to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, the first by an Indian premier to this country in over 25 years.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country, DMK President Karunanidhi said on Monday that Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's statement on Indian fishermen was like 'slap on the face'.