Syria Welcomes India’s ‘Balanced’ Stand

Syria has welcomed “friend” India’s stand on the ongoing crisis in the West Asian country.
Speaking at a press conference in the Indian capital a couple of days ago, Syrian Ambassador to New Delhi Riad Abbas said: “We are relaxed and happy with India’s stand from the beginning of the Syrian crisis. India’s stand has been the same throughout the crisis. I will meet Indian officials in a day or two and brief them on what happened in Khan Sheikhoun.”
Abbas met the press soon after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee sent a message to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, saying: “We look forward to the success of the recently re-launched political process in achieving a comprehensive political solution through a Syrian-led, all inclusive effort, taking into consideration the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. We welcome all initiatives in this direction and remain hopeful of an early solution to the crisis in Syria.”
The envoy thanked the South Asian country for reiterating support for Syria and its president, even as the US and Russia face off on his future. He stressed that Syria “appreciated” the support of Russia and Iran, adding that India’s stand was the most “balanced” among BRICS (the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations.
Immediately after a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province killed about 89 people and injured more than 300 on April 4, America carried out a missile attack on a Syrian air base suspected to house chemical weapons. The Donald Trump administration also accused the al-Assad government of carrying out the chemical attack, while the Syrian government, Russia and Iran demanded an independent investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, India urged all the parties, involved in the Syrian crisis, to show restraint, with President Mukherjee saying that only Syrian people could decide President al-Assad’s future and it should not be imposed by outside actors, or else it could lead to disaster as in Libya. In fact, India has never taken the position that Assad should go, because it does not want the Syrian president to meet the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.
Acknowledging Syria as an important country in West Asia, India has expressed serious concern about the deteriorating situation there. New Delhi believes that any protracted internal conflict will certainly have its impact on the internal peace and also on the regional stability. So, the Indian political leadership wants the Syrian crisis to end in a peaceful manner. India has also urged all the parties to ensure human rights of the Syrian people and to address the grievances of all sections of Syrian society through a peaceful and inclusive political process.
Also, India is in favour of a non-military solution to the Syrian conflict. New Delhi is of the opinion that the threat of use of force could be detrimental to the territorial integrity and political independence of Syria.

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