Indian Minister Visits Iraq to Secure Oil Supply

By John Lee.

India's external affairs minister, Salman Khurshid, starts a two-day visit to Iraq on Wednesday, during which he will hold talks with top Iraqi leadership on issues including the supply of oil.

Khurshid, the first senior Indian leader to visit Iraq since 1990, is expected to call on Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, and chairman of Council of Representatives and deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.

According to a report from the Times of India, Iraq is now India's second largest supplier of crude oil, replacing sanctions hit Iran.

India remains committed to support the ongoing post-war reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq, said a statement from the ministry of external affairs.

(Source: Times of India)

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