The Antigua government has assured India of its full co-operation for surrendering fugitive diamantine Mehul Choksi, alleged to be involved in the million dollar scam related to some PSU banks.
The country sent its commitment to resolve the problem as quickly as potential, a senior official of External Affairs ministry said so.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Antigua and Barbuda counterpart E P Chet Graham Greene here on the sidelines of the 73rd session of United Nation General Assembly and raised the surrender issue of Choksi, Who is presently in the island county. “Greene conveyed to the EAM the assurances of his Prime Minister for the fullest cooperation of their Government within the matter of surrender of Mehul Choksi to India,” spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Kumar told reporters that Graham Greene told Swaraj that he wanted to personally inform her concer to the Antiguan government and its Prime Minister’s “commitment on Mehul Choksi’s extradition.”
The bilateral meeting had been requested by Graham Greene, Kumar said, adding that Swaraj requested him that there should be “expeditious resolution” of the matter. Graham Greene said that his country too would like to resolve the issues as quick as possible inside the framework of Antigua’s law and court method. He added that Antigua’s government will try its best to resolve the problem.
In another development India and Oman have agreed for deeper co-operation in maritime security and defence trade for future engagement and vary of measures to boost the defence relationship between the 2 countries.
During talks between Sayyid Badr Saud Harib Al Busaidi, the Minister for Defence Affairs, Oman, who is on an official visit to and met country’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Where the two sides undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral defence cooperation and mentioned measures to any enhance bilateral exchanges.