In what appears to be a big blow to Mehul Choksi , the Antigua government according to media reports has assured India of its full cooperation in his extradition . It also conveyed its commitment to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, a senior official said .
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda E P Chet Greene on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly and raised the extradition issue of Choksi, who is currently in the Caribbean island.
“Greene conveyed to the EAM the assurances of his Prime Minister for the fullest cooperation of their Government in the matter of extradition of Mehul Choksi to India,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
EAM @SushmaSwaraj met the Foreign Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Chet Greene on the sidelines of #UNGA. Mr. Greene conveyed to EAM the assurances of his Prime Minister for the fullest cooperation of their Government in the matter of extradition of Mehul Choksi to India. pic.twitter.com/i1GVyND6Lo
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 26, 2018
Kumar told reporters that Greene told Swaraj he wanted to personally inform her about the Antiguan government and its Prime Minister’s “commitment on Mehul Choksi’s extradition.”
The bilateral meeting had been requested by Greene, Kumar said, adding that Swaraj requested to him that there should be “expeditious resolution” of the matter.
Greene said his country too would like this issue to be resolved as quickly as possible within the framework of Antigua’s law and court process. He added that Antigua’s government will try its best to resolve the issue.