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India, Bangla working on Extradition Treaty: Hasina

delhi Updated: Jan 13, 2010 11:54 IST

After signing three pacts to combat terrorism and organised crime, India and Bangladesh are working on an Extradition Treaty, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in New Delhi on Wednesday with an assertion that her government would go to "any extent" in cooperating against the menace.

Winding up her three-day successful India visit, she said the two countries need to stand against terrorism and can work together in this in a "friendly atmosphere".

"For Extradition Treaty, discussions are going on.... We have signed three agreements. Side by side, discussions are going on the Extradition Treaty," Hasina told journalists here while responding to a question.

"To end terrorism, we want to cooperate. We can go to any extent to cooperate," she said while reiterating that Bangladesh will not allow its soil to be used for any terrorist activity directed at India.

Hasina did not specify how soon the Extradition Treaty could be firmed up but Foreign Minister Dipu Moni later said it could be concluded shortly given the friendly relations.

For the time being, she said the three pacts signed on Monday were "enough" to work together in combating terrorism.

The pacts signed are Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Agreement on Combating International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

To a specific question on whether Bangladesh would hand over ULFA leader Anup Chetia who is wanted in India, Hasina evaded a direct reply, saying she was not here to "discuss one name" but broader issues.