As part of MoU between Governments of India and Pakistan on safety and security of fishermen and exchange of information on maritime SAR and environment, a high level delegation, lead by Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has arrived Delhi for annual dialog with Indian Coast Guard. Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General Indian Coast Guard will meet the Pakistani delegation headed by Rear Admiral Ather Mukthar on 19 December at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi.
Other senior officials from GoI and Pakistan High Commission will also be part of this dialogue. Last year’s meeting was hosted by Pakistan in Karachi on 24 June 2013.This annual meeting is a significant link between two maritime agencies, for exchange of information on maritime boundary violations by fishermen and discussions on coordination issues on maritime search and rescue and marine environment pollution. The two service heads from Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan MSA also have a hotline link between them for regular exchange of information on non-military maritime issues as per the MoU between the two governments.