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IA SUDAN JOINT STATEMENT
INDIA-SUDAN JOINT STATEMENT ON THE VISIT OF A HIGH LEVEL AND BUSINESS DELEGATION TO SUDAN ON 09.11.2005


09 November 2005

H.E. E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs of India led a twenty member high level official and business delegation to Sudan from 06 November 2005. The business delegation represented leading Indian companies in agriculture, civil construction, airports, railways, energy, consultancy, mining etc. The visiting Minister and his delegation called on the President of the Republic of Sudan and had meetings with the Ministers of Agriculture and Energy and Mining, and the Ministers of State for Foreign Affairs and Investment. The delegation also visited Juba. The Indian business delegation had intensive discussions with their Sudanese counterparts.

2. During his visit, the Minister of State of India discussed opportunities and perspectives for utilization of the US$ 10 million grant and US$ 100 million concessional Line of Credit offered by India at the April 2005 Donors Conference in Oslo. The mutually identified areas of priority interest include agriculture, infrastructure, human resource development, information technology and small and medium industries. Implementation of agreed projects will begin early next year making India the first country to deliver on its pledge.

3. A high level Indian delegation will participate in the celebrations for the fiftieth Independence Day of Sudan in January 2006, as well as in the African Union Summit in Khartoum in January 2006 and the Arab League Summit in March 2006. An exclusive exhibition of Indian products and technologies called "Advantage India" will be organized in Sudan in March 2006.

4. In 2006, the next meeting of the India-Sudan Joint Commission will be held at Ministerial level in New Delhi the next round of Foreign Office consultations in Khartoum.

5. The visiting Indian Minister reiterated the invitation to the President of Sudan to visit India. The dates of the visit will be finalized through diplomatic channels.





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