New Delhi, January 21
The MEA has lodged a strong protest with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry following the loss of three Indian lives and one Sri Lankan national following a collision between the fishing vessel and a Sri Lankan naval craft.
“Our protest in regard to this incident was conveyed by our High Commissioner Gopal Bagle today. A strong demarche was also made to the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi,” said a statement issued by the MEA.
“Expressing our deep anguish at the loss of lives, we emphasise the need to deal with issues pertaining to fishermen in a humanitarian manner. Existing understandings between the two governments in that regard must be strictly observed,” it added. — TNS