SL-India to setup Joint Working Group on Fisheries

Sri Lanka and India today agreed on the setting up of a Joint Working Group on Fisheries to meet every three months and a meeting between the Ministers for Fisheries every six months. “The Terms of Reference for the Joint Working Group (JWG) would include (i) expediting the transition towards ending the practice of bottom trawling at the earliest, (ii) working out the modalities for the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for handing over of apprehended fishermen, and (iii) ascertaining possibilities for cooperation on patrolling,” Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. External Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met with the Sri Lankan Minister for Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera of Sri Lanka. Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and Sri Lankan Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran were part of the two delegations.