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India Foreign Minister to visit Sudan to discuss impact of unrest on oil investment

Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:53 PM

KHARTOUM (AFP) - The impact of unrest in South Sudan on India's US$2 billion (S$2.55 billion) investment in the region's oil sector will be under discussion when New Delhi's Foreign Minister makes a rare visit to Khartoum this week.

"It will be featuring in the talks," India's Ambassador to Sudan S. K. Verma told AFP ahead of the two-day visit by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

But Mr Verma said the seven-week-old conflict in South Sudan was not the reason for Mr Khurshid's stop, which would focus more broadly on "the way forward" in India-Sudan relations.

"Our largest investment remains in the energy sector, petroleum sector," Mr Verma said, putting the value at around US$2.3 billion before South Sudan separated from Khartoum in 2011 with about three-quarters of the united country's oil production.

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