Previous Page - You're reading an Article:
196 words - June 26, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
Indian External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid paid an official visit to Baghdad from June 19-20 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Hoshiyar Zebari. The latest visit at this level occurred in 1990 when EAM Shri l.K Gujral negotiated the evacuation of Indian nationals in the wake of the Gulf War. Mr. Khurshid's visit aimed thus to add "an impetus" to and "elevate" the bilateral ties.
As the world's 3rd largest proven oil reserves in the world, Iraq has become India's second largest crude oil supplier with over USD 20 billion of oil imports in 2012-13. Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Dr. Hussain al-Shahristani assured Mr. Khurshid of Iraq's readiness to "meet the needs of the Indian economy from oil sources energy," and willingness to receive investment from India in the "fields of refineries and petrochemical, fertilizer."
Bilateral discussions towards a strategic partnership will continue in the framework of the 17th Iraqi-Indian Joint Commission to be held in Baghdad on July 8-9 in presence of India's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Veerappa Moily.
Parts of or the whole information published on this page is likely to originate from Official Institutions like Governments, Ministries, Embassies and States. Its reproduction on this page does not constitute any endorsement from DiploNews and any of its affiliates and/or partners. If titles are sometimes modified for better understanding, the contents are reproduced exactly as delivered by the institution that first published it. To know the exact origin, click on 'view original source' at the end of the page. All information that originates from DiploNews is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written express authorization from DiploNews.