PMs agree to continue talks on Kachchativu

The Prime Ministers of Ceylon and India have agreed that discussions on the sovereignty over Kachchativu and connected matters in the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar should continue. They exchanged views on a number of issues, including territorial waters, delineation of median line and fishing rights. A joint communiqué issued at the end of the visit of the Ceylon Prime Minister, Mr. Dudley Senanayake said ‘they formally explored the possibilities for fruitful collaboration between the two countries in this area and agreed that discussions of matters should continue.’ The highlight of the communiqué was the great satisfaction they felt over the increasing co-operation between their countries in regard to trade and economic matters. Among the subjects discussed by the two Prime Ministers were the bilateral relations between their countries including the progress made in the implementation of the Indo-Ceylon Agreement of 1964 and matters of common interest in the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar.

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