Q. The main purpose of a ‘Bilateral Agreement on Consular Access’ is to:

[A] Facilitate trade agreements between the two countries.

[B] Ensure fair trials for citizens detained abroad.

[C] Promote cultural exchange programs between the two countries.

[D] Grant consular officials access to detained citizens from their country.

Answer: D

Explanation – A Bilateral Agreement on Consular Access is a formal agreement between two countries that specifically addresses how consular officials can assist and communicate with their citizens who are detained or imprisoned in the other country. The primary purpose of such an agreement is to ensure that consular officials have the right and ability to visit, communicate with, and provide assistance to their nationals who are in custody abroad.

Source: AIR