Maliki Heads to India for Investment

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to visit India on Thursday to push for investment in reconstruction, reports AFP.

The four-day trip to New Delhi and Mumbai, with a delegation of ministers and business leaders, follows the visit of India Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily to Baghdad last month.

But the prospects of luring foreign investment to Iraq have been complicated as the country has been hit by its worst violence since 2008, with the interior ministry describing Iraq as a "battleground".

Maliki is due to meet with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, as well as India's President Pranab Mukherjee and other top officials and leaders, according to Suresh Reddy, India's envoy to Baghdad.

Reddy added:

"Naturally economic considerations would be a big part of bilateral discussions ... Since energy is of critical importance to Iraq, and India being dependent on imported energy ... So energy would constitute a very important component of the discussions ... But it's not just trade alone."

Reddy said Indian exports to Iraq totalled around $1.3 billion in 2012, up from $740 million in 2011, while Baghdad's exports to India (mostly oil) totalled more than $20 billion last year, compared to around $9 billion in 2011.

(Source: AFP)


4 Responses to Maliki Heads to India for Investment

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 22nd August 2013 at 21:13 #

    But Sharistani said that no special prices nor favours could be given to India...

    Is al-Maliki doing a damage Control in India? India is one of those customers who could use the Basra port for export and not being dependent on the Kirkuk-Ceihan pipeline which the same al-Maliki can not protct from al-Qaeda

    Commercial common sense is nt so common in Baghdad Oil Ministery