'Modi Should Talk To Sri Lanka To Solve Fishermen's Issue' ; Karunanidhi

Welcoming Sri Lanka's efforts to solve the fishing dispute in Palk Strait, DMK on Wednesday urged the Centre to take steps for bilateral talks involving fishermen of the island nation and India and bring about a lasting solution to the vexed issue.

Referring to a meeting between fishermen association representatives from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena on Tuesday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi also welcomed Colombo's decision to release 37 detained fishermen from the state.

The Lankan President had assured to take steps to hold talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka to solve the fishing dispute in Palk Strait, a narrow sea strip separating the two countries, he said.

"This brings much relief to the Indian fishermen. Following this positive announcement from the Sri Lankan President, the Centre, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should make arrangements for bilateral talks involving fishermen to enable them arrive at a lasting solution for the long-standing problem," he said in a statement.

(With inputs from PTI)

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