Rameswaram:Â Sri Lankan President MaithripalaÂ Sirisena on TuesdayÂ ordered the release of 37 Indian fishermenÂ lodged in various prisons of the island nation after a meetingÂ with a delegation of five Indian fishermen.
President of Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association Sesuraja,Â who led the team to Sri Lanka, told PTI that Sirisena toldÂ them that the fishermen would be released soon.Â But the Sri Lankan President did not mention theÂ Indian boats still in detention in Lanka, he said.
N Devadas, another leader of the association who was alsoÂ a member in the delegation, said they also sought permissionÂ from Sri Lanka to fish in the Palk Straits as they were frequently attacked and arrested by the Lankan navy.
Sesuraja said they met Sirisena in a bid to sort outÂ various problems faced by them while fishing in theÂ traditional fishing areas in Palk Strait.
He said Sri Lanka had agreed to take steps for holdingÂ official level and fishermen level talks to sort problemsÂ faced by fishermen of the two countries.