Ahead of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s visit, India on Thursday said it was still engaging with Denmark on the extradition of Kim Davy, the main defendant in the 1995 Purulia arms dumping case.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the visit by the Danish prime minister on Saturday is “very important” as this is the first visit by a head of state or head of government since the Covid restrictions were imposed.
According to him, this visit will provide an opportunity to consider the issue of green strategic partnership.
When asked about Davy’s extradition, Bagchi said, “We are focused on this. It was on the agenda. We have raised this issue in the past and we have continued to engage with Denmark on this issue and our discussions on this issue continue. ”
On the question of whether this will be discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart, Bagchi said: “I do not want to anticipate conversations before they happen.”
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The case concerns the dropping of weapons and ammunition by An-26 aircraft in the Purulia region of West Bengal on the night of December 17, 1995. The party consisted of hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of cartridges, according to investigators.
Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen will visit India on October 9-11 and plans to hold talks with Modi on Saturday.
On issues related to WWII oil depots in Sri Lanka, Trincomalee, a key link in Indo-Lanka’s economic partnership for decades, Bagchi said that various agreements have been concluded on oil depots, and India attaches the same importance to this issue as and this applies to other economic projects.
During the visit of US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman to India, Bagchi said that during the visit, issues of bilateral cooperation and the situation in the field of regional security were discussed. According to him, views on China, Russia and Iran were also divided in different contexts.
Answering the question about the problems of human rights and democratic values, which were repeatedly raised by the American side at bilateral meetings, he said: “We support democracy, the presence in the Quartet indicates this. I would suggest a counterargument to say that it is natural to discuss, support and emphasize democracy. “
“You have heard the prime minister speak at length in the UN General Assembly statement that democracies can make. It is that by working together, we can be an example of how we can benefit other parties, especially in the Info-Pacific region. So I don’t think it’s being said at all… it’s something that both countries are proud of and appreciate, and we naturally have to talk about common values, ”he said.