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Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid just recently revealed that Sri Lanka would not restrict fish exports from Maldives. PHOTO: FOREIGN MINISTRY

Mariyam Malsa

18 October 2020, MVT 13:01

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, on Friday, exposed that Sri Lanka guaranteed that there would be no limitations on Maldivian fish exports to the neighbouring country.The foreign minister made the statement following conversations with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda and State Minister of Financing Ajith Nivard Cabraal.In August, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revealed intentions to halt the import of fish items as part of the steps to protect the nation’s domestic markets from foreign competition.Speaking at the parliament during the previous week, Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Farming Zaha Waheed ensured that there would be little cause for concern even in case Sri Lanka barred fish imports. She restated continuous efforts to establish fisheries exports to more profitable markets such as China and Russia.Parliamnent Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has actually worried Sri Lanka’s role in Maldives’ fisheries market and revealed a preference for ongoing trade.The Maldivian fisheries market was substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with several major exporters reporting lower sales.The majority of Maldives’export earnings is sourced from exports of

fish products, with raw fish shipments representing as much as 70 percent of fish exports.MORE ON NEWS Source

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