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Letter that nailed Natwar

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 02:11 IST

Following is the text of a letter sent by K Natwar Singh in 2001 to the then Iraqi oil minister on the basis of which Singh has been indicted in the Iraqi oil-for-food scam by a probe panel.

"The said letter is one of the most crucial pieces of evidence in this proceeding," said the Justice RS Pathak Inquiry Authority in the 118-page probe report, tabled in parliament on Monday.

The text of the letter dated Jan 30, 2001:

Excellency,

I am sending this letter with Mr Andaleeb Sehgal. He was present when I called on you on January 22, 2001, at your office in Baghdad. He is well known to me for many years and so is the company he owns. He enjoys my full support and confidence, and I would appreciate you giving him your full assistance and cooperation.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for receiving me and giving me so much of your time out of your busy schedule.

I greatly valued our discussions on Indo-Iraq relations and wider issues of importance to both our parties and countries. The Congress Party greatly values its fraternal links with the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party. I believe that these links have been further intensified during our stay in Baghdad.

We have returned full of admiration for your stouthearted people.

With regards,

Yours sincerely


(K. Natwar Singh)

H.E. Dr. Amer Mohammed Rasheed,
Minister of Oil
Govt. of Iraq
Baghdad


"The said letter was written on an official letterhead of the All India Congress Committee with the name of Natwar Singh on the letterhead shown as "member, Congress Working Committee" and beneath that "chairman, Foreign Affairs Department," the report observed.

According to the Pathak report, Natwar Singh wrote another letter on Aug 11, 2001, and it was carried by Sehgal to Baghdad on Aug 20.

The text of the second letter:

Excellency:

I would present my greetings and congratulate you on the re-election of His Excellency President Saddam Hussein as the Leader of the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party. I am sending this letter with Mr Andaleeb Sehgal, who has come to Baghdad to continue with the cooperation extended by yourself.

I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our solidarity with the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party and the people of Iraq.

With warm regards and greetings

Yours sincerely

(K. Natwar Singh)

H.E. Dr. Amer Mohammed Rasheed,
Minister of Oil
Govt. of Iraq
Baghdad

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