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Briefing Points by MEA Official Spokesperson on India gifting fortified biscuits to Iraq


New Delhi
November 2, 2005  

India is sending fortified biscuits for the UN World Food Programme's school feeding programme in Iraq. Shri K. Natwar Singh, External Affairs Minister, will formally hand over the biscuits to the Charge d' Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy in New Delhi on 8th November 2005 in the presence of the WFP Representative in New Delhi. 

 The gift is part of the US $ 20 million assistance announced by Government of India towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in Iraq.

 Government of India has contributed around 15,000 metric tons of wheat worth approximately Rs. 15 crore for manufacturing the fortified biscuits. The World Food Programme has made arrangements for the manufacture, transport and distribution of the biscuits to the Iraqi school children.