Tamil Diplomat

Fishermen issue will take some time to resolve: Modi

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that resolving the fishermen’s issue between India and Sri Lanka will take time as it has both livelihood and humanitarian dimensions.

He said this at the joint press conference with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.

“India stands ready to help Trincomalee become a petroleum hub” Mr. Modi said.

Mr. Modi further asserted “India stands with Sri Lanka in new peace mission, equality for all including Sri Lankan Tamils, implementation of 13th Amendment and something beyond.”

Mr. Modi was received by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the airport after he arrived in Colombo today for a two-day visit at 5.25 a.m. following an overnight journey from Port Louis in Mauritius in a special Air India plane.

Sri Lanka is the final stop of his three-nation tour of Indian Ocean island nations that took him to Seychelles and Mauritius.