Iraq conveys support to India on J&K issue
6 July 2002
The Times of India
New Delhi: Iraqi President Saddam Hussain on Saturday conveyed his principled and unwavering support to India on the Kashmir issue and said Iraq greatly values its relationship with New Delhi. President Hussain conveyed his views to the visiting Petroleum Minister Ram Naik and said friendship with India had been a source of strength not only to Iraq but to the Arab world, according to an offical release issued here. Naik, who is in Baghdad for an Indo-Iraq joint commission, called on President Hussain and apprised him of the current developments pertaining to India and Pakistan. Reiterating that India was always ready for a dialogue with Pakistan, Naik, however, said cross border terrorism had to stop first. Naik also met Vice- President Taha Yassin Ramadhan besides ministers for oil and industry, the release said. The joint commission is expected to identify new prospects for trade and industry, especially in areas such as railways, revamping of steel and fertiliser plants, pharmaceuticals and commodities like wheat, rice and sugar, it said.