Nov 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India have held the 23rd International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting in the mid seas Friday to discuss maritime issues common to both countries.
The IMBL meeting between the two navies was held onboard the Indian Naval Ship INS Sukanya at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 01st November 2013.
During the 23rd IMBL session, the Navy officials of the two neighboring countries have discussed several issues of bilateral importance focusing special attention on the fishing activities conducted in the Palk Strait, Gulf of Mannar and Eastern sea areas and smuggling of narcotics across the IMBL.
The two navies have also focused on strengthening the security in the area.
The l IMBL meeting, held biannually to strengthen the naval relationships between the two neighboring countries, comes amid accusations by Tamil Nadu fishermen of attacks against them by the Sri Lanka Navy.
Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral DMS Dissanayake headed the Sri Lankan delegation consisting of both Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard officials.
The Indian delegation consisted of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard officials and was headed by Naval Officer in Command at Tamil Nadu, Commodore AK Mahadevan.
The Sri Lankan and Indian delegations meet alternatively onboard an Indian naval ship and a Sri Lankan naval ship.