Sri Lanka and India on Wednesday exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.
The first such exchange in this year after the new Sri Lankan government is installed in Colombo, took place at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) off Kankasanthurai.
Indian Coastguard ship ICGS Rajdhwaj handed over 10 Sri Lankan fishermen along with two fishing boats at the IMBL to Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Sri Lankan authorities handed over 15 Indian fishermen in exchange.
The 10 Sri Lankan fishermen were detained in Andhra Pradesh and the ICGS Rajdhwaj has taken the fishermen from Coastal Security Police in Kakinada on January 16 along with two boats and handed them over to Sri Lankan Coast Guard Ship CG-48 at IMBL on Wednesday, PTI reported quoting Indian Coast Guard spokesman.
On completion of handing over process, 15 Indian fishermen were taken over from Sri Lankan Coast Guard ship CG-48 and handed over to assistant director fisheries at Karaikal on Wednesday, the spokesman added.
According to the spokesman during 2014, Indian Coast Guard had repatriated 1,112 Indian fishermen with 165 fishing boats and 423 Sri Lankans with 60 fishing boats.
External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera meeting his Indian counterpart Minister Sushma Swaraj on 18 January said Sri Lanka will work on a way to return about 87 Indian fishermen's fishing boats seized by the Sri Lankan authorities.