UK trying to resolve Mallya’s extradition issue; New Delhi, London seek Indo-Pacific cooperation

Prime News, International (London), November 11:- The UK on Tuesday said it was trying to resolve Vijay Mallya’s legal matter which is “confidential” in nature, as early as possible so that India’s request for his extradition can be acted upon.

British Acting High Commissioner Jan Thompson held a briefing on Tuesday where to a question on the status of Mallya’s extradition she said, “I think you are probably aware because we’ve said it a number of times, there is a further legal issue that needs resolving before we would be in a position to extradite Mr Mallya. Extradition can’t take place unless that particular legal issue can be resolved…we are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as we can.”

Mallya has applied for asylum in the UK to escape the Indian prison term. Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said that New Delhi is engaged with London on the matter.

British foreign secretary to visit India

The envoy also said that the two sides have seen a positive momentum in ties which would be furthered with an in-person visit by British foreign secretary Dominic Raab to India in the coming months, followed by a visit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The recent and upcoming engagement we’re seeing at the highest levels of government shows the moment of strategic opportunity for the UK and India is still there, it is felt really acutely on both sides, and we’re continuing to work closely to grasp it,” Thompson told reporters.

“In 2021, the UK will assume the Presidency of the G7 (Group of Seven Industrialized nations) and will host COP 26 (Conference of Parties to the UN’s climate convention), while India will chair the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa grouping) and begin its eighth term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council,” she added. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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