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Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki visited India

Aug 25, 2013 10:03 IST

Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki visited India from 22 to 25 August 2013 as a part of four day state visit. During his visit to India, Nouri al-Maliki met with the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh and President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari.

The Prime Ministers of both the nations exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest and several MoUs were inked between the two nations.

This is the first Head of Government-level visit between the two countries since 1975 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Iraq.

Nouri al-Maliki was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, senior officials and Captains of Industry. In this tour India and Iraq signed a key pact on energy cooperation among other agreements signed during the visit.

India and Iraq have ties in different fields, including hydrocarbons, agriculture and food security, water resource management, education, infrastructure development, pharmaceuticals and medicare, and information technology.

Iraq is India’s second largest crude oil supplier with bilateral trade in excess of US 21 billion US dollars in 2012-13.

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