High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

India - Sri lanka Relations
India-Sri Lanka Joint Statement on Fishing Arrangements PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
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Keeping in mind the humanitarian and livelihood dimensions of the fishermen issue, India and Sri Lanka have agreed to put in place practical arrangements to deal with bonafide Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). This was agreed to during the visit to New Delhi on 26th October 2008 of Honourable Basil Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament and Senior Adviser to the President of Sri Lanka.

As part of these practical arrangements, following the designation by the Government of Sri Lanka of sensitive areas along the Sri Lankan coastline and their intimation to the Government of India, Indian fishing vessels will not venture into these identified sensitive areas. Further, there will be no firing on Indian fishing vessels.

It was agreed that Indian fishing vessels would carry valid registration/permit and the fishermen would have on person valid identity cards issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

India and Sri Lanka have agreed to continue with their discussions, initiated in 2005, on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding on development and cooperation in the field of fisheries.

New Delhi
26th October, 2008

Sri Lanka condemns suicide bomb attack in Kabul PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
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The Government of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the suicide bomb attack outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan yesterday (7th July 2008). This terrorist atrocity aimed against two neighboring nations with which Sri Lanka enjoys close and friendly ties, claimed the lives of at least 40 people and seriously injured scores of others. Among the victims in this carnage was the Counsellor of the Indian Embassy, Mr. Venkateswara Rao who had also served some years ago in the Indian High Commission in Colombo. Sri Lanka extends her profound condolences to the governments and peoples of Afghanistan and India, as well as the bereaved families on this tragedy. 

Afghanistan, with the restoration of democracy and legitimate governance has made commendable progress in national development and in strengthening ties with the international community. This consolidation of relations with the neighbourhood has facilitated Afghanistan’s admission as the newest Member of SAARC, during the last Summit in April 2007 in New Delhi. 

The continued progress of Afghanistan towards peace and prosperity remains important for the South Asian region.  The Government of Sri Lanka is confident that this terrorist outrage will not deter Afghanistan’s forward march.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 08 July 2008


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