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High Level Meeting between India-Sri Lanka Coast Guards
Jul 03, 2014

A three member delegation led by the Director General Sri Lankan Coast Guard (SLCG) Rear Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne visited India for high level meeting, with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The Indian delegation was led by the Director General Indian Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal. The visit was in continuation of the various efforts by the governments of the two countries towards cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Coast Guard and pursuance of the discussions on maritime issues of mutual concerns to formulate a cooperative approach.

The establishment of Sri Lanka Coast Guard on March 4, 2010 has been a way forward in meeting the challenges in the new global safety and security regime in this region. The recent visit is very significant in providing a fresh impetus to the existing ties between the two organisations as the meeting is being held in the backdrop of the evolving maritime security situation in the region. The focus of the meeting was on further strengthening the operational level interaction for search and rescue, preservation & protection of maritime environment, revalidating standard operating procedures & communication procedures between the two Coast Guards.

During the high level discussions, it was mutually agreed to strengthen the cooperation on evolving collaborative approach, in addressing a spectrum of maritime issues concerning safety and security and further streamlining the procedure for release/repatriation of fishermen.


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