President al-Assad meets Indian Minister of State for External Affairs

Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad received on Saturday Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Mubashir Javed Akbar and the accompanying delegation.

Talks during the meeting discussed the situation in Syria and the dangers of terrorism on the region and the world.

The close relations between Syria and India that have been consolidated over decades were highlighted, with both sides expressing desire in developing bilateral cooperation in various domains.

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President al-Assad said the fact that many friendly countries, including India, have stood by the Syrian people has concretely reflected on boosting Syria’s steadfastness in the face of the war waged against it by foreign and regional states.

These states, he said, have used the terrorist organizations in their war on Syria, supporting them in various ways, and have so far worked on obstructing efforts at finding a peaceful solution that would bring the bloodshed and destruction to an end and stop the crimes inflicted by the terrorists upon the Syrian people.

The President affirmed in this context that the Syrian people are determined to continue defending their homeland and the unity of their country despite all the pressure and suffering they have to bear, be it on the security, economic and daily life levels.

The Indian official, for his part, highlighted the importance of cooperation with Syria in the field of combating terrorism and consolidating the Syrians’ achievements in this regard.

It would be a mistake not to realize the dangers of terrorism and its aim of spreading death and extremism, jeopardizing world stability and destroying the human civilization, said Akbar.

He stressed that India is ready to offer all that could help in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and contribute effectively to the development process and reconstruction in Syria.

In the same context, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem met the Indian minister, expressing Syria’s readiness to cooperate and coordinate with the Indian side in the fight against terrorism in the common interests of both countries which are facing the same adversary.

During the meeting, the Indian minister voiced his country’s rejection of foreign interference in the internal affairs of states, warning that terrorism is a threat that knows no boundaries.

He stressed India’s support for reaching a political solution for the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves in a way that preserves Syria’s sovereignty and unity.

H. Said/Manal

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