The navies of Sri Lanka and India met on an Indian patrol vessel stationed at the International
India’s The Hindu newspaper stated that the meeting took place to discuss “the reported attacks on Indian fishermen” and “ways to avoid such incidents.” In the report, an Indian naval official said the Sri Lankan Navy had promised to address the issue.
However, Sri Lankan officials downplayed the fact that the meeting was called urgently. Officials stated that the meeting was routine and helped improve cooperation between the naval bodies of the two countries and further strengthen bilateral ties.
“This is not an urgent meeting – it is held twice every year,” said navy spokesman Captain Athula Senarath. “One of its objectives is to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two navies in securing the security in the sea area between the two countries.”
The naval officials of the two South Asian neighbors – from the Sri Lanka Navy, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard – discussed issues relating to fishing activities, human smuggling and drug trafficking.
"The ways and means of improving the coordination between the two navies to strengthen the security of Palk Strait was discussed at length at this meeting,” Senarath told state media. "The navies of the two countries agreed to conduct these awareness programs to educate the fishermen about the IMBL between the two countries on a priority basis.”