India-Maldives : S Jaishankar, Abdulla Shahid sign Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to enforce criminal laws

Male, Sep 4: India and Maldives have on Tuesday inked a Treaty in Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters – the first MLAT inked by the Maldives and agreed to extend support and assistance in probing and prosecuting criminal matters.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Maldives on September 3 to address the OIC, marked the first official visit to the nation after assuming the office as EAM. He was received by State Minister Khaleel and Foreign Secretary Ghafoor at the airport.

An MLAT is a pact between two or more nations for the purpose of summoning and exchanging data in efforts to enforce civilian laws and criminal laws, according to The Hindu Business line.

“Both Ministers expressed their commitment to continuing the high level of engagement, within the framework set out during the summit meetings between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2018, and July 2019, respectively,” the statement added.

The EAM met with Male foreign minister Abdullah Shahid and discussed wide range issues of bilateral and international interest.

During his meeting with Shahid, they inked a treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance, hence expanding the bilateral cooperation between the two nations.

Jaishankar also participated in the 4th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) summit at Paradise Island Resort.

“During the meeting, the two ministers discussed ongoing cooperation in various avenues and expanding cooperation in new areas,” according to a statement issued by the Maldives Foreign Ministry.

The EAM also held a “warm” meeting with secretary-general Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi on the sidelines of the OIC meet. He tweeted: “Value our strategic partnership. Committed to work together closely.”

He also met his Mauritian colleague Nandcoomar Bodha and discussed ways to bolster special and “solid” coopertation.

Jaishankar also met with the speaker of Majlis, Mohamed Nasheed, and discussed working closely together to realize nations’ shared goals.

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