SL High Commission engages in negotiations with Somali Navy for release of abducted fishermen
January 29, Colombo (LNW): The Sri Lanka High Commission in Kenya has disclosed ongoing negotiations with the Somali Navy to secure the release of fishermen from the ‘Lorenzo Putha 04,’ who were abducted by Somali pirates.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Kenya V. Kananathan highlighted active collaboration with the Somali Navy Chief and efforts to inform the European Union Navy Joint Operations Centre.
The Sri Lankan and Somali authorities are working closely to ensure maritime security and the safe return of the abducted individuals.
Several Sri Lankan Ambassadors have appealed to Somali authorities for intervention, and the Sri Lanka Navy has notified the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, seeking an investigation into the captured fishing vessel.
The ‘Lorenzo Putha 04’ was seized in the Arabian Sea, 1,160 nautical miles from land, with six Chilaw residents on board.
The governments of Sri Lanka and Somalia are committed to swiftly resolving the matter and ensuring the well-being of the abducted Sri Lankans.