Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday said it has decided to free all 34 Indian fishermen who are in custody for violating maritime boundary laws.
 
Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the government had decided to release them, a local news agency reported.
 
The move comes two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought a permanent solution to the issue during talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in New Delhi.
 
Earlier on Saturday, Union Minister Prakash Javedekar today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed for a permanent solution to the issue of Indian fishermen during his talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking to reporters here, he said during the talks between the two leaders at New Delhi yesterday, “Modi has stressed for a permanent solution to the issue of Indian fishermen.”
 
New Delhi said last week that Colombo holds 34 Indian fishermen and 96 Indian fishing boats.