Sri Lanka has assured that there are no restrictions on Maldives fish imports.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid announced this after discussions with senior Sri Lankan officials, including foreign and fisheries ministers, on Friday.
Shahid said that they had assured him that “there are no restrictions for Maldives fish imports to Sri Lanka”.
The neighboring nation’s president recently, while addressing Sri Lanka’s newly elected parliament at its first sitting, called to halt the importation of fish noting that the country itself “is surrounded by the ocean”.
Majority of Maldives’ export revenue is sourced from exports of fish. Sri Lanka is among the main fish export markets from Maldives, along with Thailand, Russia, Malaysia and member countries of the European Union.
Fishing is the second largest industry in the Maldives.