Ghani embarks on first state visit to India
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, left for India for a three-day state visit on Monday afternoon at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the president is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Parnab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other high officials.
Ghani would also be meeting economists, businessmen, academics and agricultural officials during his stay in India.
Ghani’s visit to India comes after New Delhi provided Kabul three military helicopters.
India could not fulfill a wish list presented to it by former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, seeking military equipment.
India is expected to sign a treaty with Afghanistan on sharing intelligence and cooperation against crimes during President Ghani’s maiden trip to the country.
Indiatimes.com reported on Monday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sign a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Afghanistan during President Ghani's visit.
India’s home ministry has prepared a draft note for the treaty which will be cleared by the Cabinet before the pact is signed by the two countries.
"This will not only help the agencies achieve a more effective coordination but also instil fear among fugitives and terrorists.”
Discussions are also underway to ink an extradition treaty between the two nations but Afghanistan does not seem to be too keen about it, said the Indiatimes.com quoted a government source, requesting not to be named.
An MLAT facilitates mutual assistance in prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime, service of summons and other judicial documents, execution of warrants and other judicial commissions and tracing, restraint, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds and instruments of crimes.
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