Iraqi leader's India trip marks consolidation of ties

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at
Tue Nov 28 17:56:35 MST 2000

28 November 2000

Iraqi leader's trip marks consolidation of ties
The Times of India News Service
NEW DELHI: India is rolling out the red carpet for Iraqi vice-president Taha
Yassin Ramadhan during his five-day official visit here.
India will ``like to see some positive action'' from the global community in
the United Nations towards lifting sanctions against Iraq. External affairs
minister Jaswant Singh has already called for lifting the sanctions in
tandem with Iraq complying with various UN resolutions.
Ramadhan, with a 17-member delegation including oil minister Amer Mohammed
Rashid, arrived in the Capital on Monday evening to renew high-level
bilateral political contacts and give a new impetus to economic cooperation.
``This is the highest-level visit ever from Iraq to India in the last 25
years... We have close relations with Iraq and are deeply concerned about
the humanitarian angle there, especially the high mortality rate of
children,'' said an external affairs ministry spokesperson.
In keeping with the ``close ties'' between the two countries, a ``long- term
cooperation agreement'' to consolidate bilateral ties will be signed during
the visit. An MoU between the Confederation of Indian Industry and Iraqi
Federation of Industry is also expected to be finalised.
The Indo-Iraq Joint Commission will also meet to discuss several areas,
including trade and commerce, agriculture, housing and construction, among
other things.
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