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* Sri Lanka, Ukraine sign agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters
Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 10:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 25, Kiev: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met with his Ukrainian counterpart Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Kiev on Saturday, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said.

During the meeting two sides have discussed the state and further development of relations between Ukraine and Sri Lanka in wide range of areas, both at bilateral level and within international organizations, expansion of the existing bilateral legal base and promotion of the dialogue between the foreign ministries of both countries.

The important practical outcome of the meeting was the signing of Agreements on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Treaty on Extradition.

The Sri Lankan government earlier this month received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to enter into the treaty with Ukraine to extradite criminals hiding in the Eastern European country.

The agreement will provide the opportunity to request the authorities in Ukraine to receive criminals who have engaged in illegal activities in this country and sought protection in Ukraine.

The treaty comes at a time when the Sri Lankan government is attempting to arrest a fugitive envoy currently believed to be in Ukraine.


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