Sri Lanka to soon release 20 Indian fishermen

| Updated: Dec 26, 2016 20:35 IST

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Dec. 26 (ANI): Sri Lankan Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the detained Indian fishermen will be released soon. In this regard, the Ministry has recommended to the Attorney General department to release 20 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody at present, reports Colombo Page. However, the fishing vessels of the Indian fishermen will be returned upon their release. Amaraweera said that the Indian Government has already submitted a request for the release of the fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. "Once the recommendations reach the Attorney General, he will inform the court that there is no objection, the Minister added. He added that the Indian Fisheries Minister is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on January 2 for ministerial level talks on fishermen issue. "So this is essentially a sign of goodwill. Very quickly the fishermen will be released," he said. (ANI)
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