Iraqi Vice-President Taha Moheddin Maruf arrived in India on Thursday (5 July) at the start of a three-day state visit.
Iraqi Vice-President Taha Moheddin Maruf arrived in India on Thursday (5 July) at the start of a three-day state visit. He was expected to hold talks with Indian leaders on international affairs and trade relations.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Maruf flew into New Delhi as his host, Prime Minister Moraji Desai, was riding out a leadership crisis in the ruling Janata party. Mr. Desai is under attack from former Home Minister Charan Singh who was sacked lat week. The Iraqi Vice-President was met by Indian Vice-President Basppa Jatti and by Foreign Minister Atal Vajpayee. Mr. Vajpayee is expected to paly a key role as Mr. Desai shuffles his cabinet.
Mr. maruf, accompanied by Iraqi Foreign Minister, Doctor Saadoun Hammadi, was scheduled to have discussions with Mr. Desai and government leaders on the possibilities of greater economic co-operation between the two nations. Iraq has recently approached a number of countries for help with agriculture, industry and tourism. Many of the projects will be financed by the wealth of Iraq's enormous oil resources.
In a brief statement at the airport, Mr. Maruf said that Iraq appreciated India's support for the Arab cause and the problem of Palestinian resettlement.
Iraq continues to regard war with Israel as inevitable and co-exitance with the Israelis as impossible.