India, Afghanistan ink extradition treaty

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published:September 14, 2016 4:34 pm
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India and Afghanistan on Wednesday exchanged agreements on a mutual legal assistance treaty, for peaceful uses of outer space and an extradition treaty.

The documents were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

While Afghan President Ghani has been eying to procure a huge number of arms and ammunition to equip the Afghan police and armed forces, source close to the story say New Delhi is keen to ramp up counter-terrorism cooperation with Kabul, especially in the wake of heightened tension with Pakistan.

During his visit, President Ghani will also interact with business community and deliver an address at a prominent think tank in New Delhi.

Modi and Ghani have reaffirmed their resolve to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation as envisaged in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.

The two sides also signed an Extradition Treaty, an agreement on cooperation in civil and commercial matters and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.

“One more step in closer ties. Exchange of agreements on MLAT, Extradition & peaceful uses of outer space following talks,” External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

The Union Cabinet had on Monday approved the inking of an Extradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan.

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The treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to Afghanistan.

Ghani arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit.