Cabinet clears signing of Extradition Treaty with Belarus

New Delhi, April. 12 (PTI): India and Belarus are expected to sign an Extradition Treaty during the visit of President Aleksandr Lukashenko here from Sunday. The Cabinet today gave its approval for signing of the treaty that will provide for transfer of fugitives, including economic offenders.

The salient features of the treaty include provisional arrest and obligation to extradite, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi told reporters while briefing on the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The salient features of the treaty will also include extradition procedures, grounds for refusal to extradite and rule of speciality. After the approval of the Cabinet, the treaty is expected to be signed during Lukashenko's visit here.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for signing of an agreement to facilitate visa-free travel between India and Ecuador for holders of diplomatic and official passports. The agreement shall come into force 30 days after the date of exchange of notification of approval by the two parties.

As per the agreement, members of diplomatic missions or consulates of respective countries as well as their spouses and children would be granted, within 90 days of their arrival, residence visas valid for the duration of their assignment.