A statement from the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe just days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to the island nation has come across as a rude shock to India.
Lankan Prime Minister during an interview to Tamil channel Thanthi TV said that the navy has the right to shoot any Indian fisherman found on their country`s waters and there is no question of violation of human rights in that.
Talking to the Tamil channel Thanthi TV, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister said that if the Indian fishermen don`t trespass the international boundary, this problem will not arise. Adding a biting comment about India detaining Italian marines, he said, ‘ India says it is friendly with Italy, show that same magnanimity to Italy that it wants us to show.’
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj whois in Sri Lanka told Sri Ranil Wickramasinghe that the fishermen issue and Italian marines issue are two different issues.
Swaraj will also talk with her counterpart Malngala Samarawnmeera about the release of 86 fishermen arrested this week for trespassing into Lankan waters.
Reportedly, seven Indian fishermen have also been abducted by armed Sri Lankan fishermen today.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.