Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen ahead of PM’s visit

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka announced Sunday 16 Indian fishermen would be released to coincide with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi, his first overseas trip since winning last month’s general election. The fishermen, from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, will be freed as a “goodwill gesture” ahead of the visit starting Monday, his office said in a statement. Wickremesinghe, and ally President Maithripala Sirisena, have sought to cool relations with China and strengthen ties with traditional ally and neighbouring giant India.

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