Syrian Foreign Minister visits India

Published August 14th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Syria and India highlighted in New Delhi on Tuesday the necessity of strengthening bilateral relations in political, economical, trade and scientific arenas, as well as the continuation of the coordination with the United Nations and the None Aligned Movement (NAM).  


Both sides - the Syrian headed by Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, Farouk Al-Sharaa and the Indian, led by Foreign Minister, Jaswant Singh, also reviewed regional and international conditions, especially the situation in the Middle East region and the Palestinian occupied territories, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported.  


In the course of the meeting, Singh stressed that India’s foreign policy is stable and principled regarding the Arab and Palestinian causes. In addition, he underlined his country’s support for Syria’s right to restore its occupied Golan and that India’s principled stance would not be affected by regional and international developments.  


As far as the Indian Sub-continent is concerned, Sharaa expressed Damascus’ position and concern pertaining to the escalated tension between the two neighboring countries of India and Pakistan. He stressed that Syria, a friendly country to both India and Pakistan, urged both sides to exert extreme efforts to avoid war and to sort out their differences peacefully, since war is not in the interest of any people of either country.  


With regards to the Iraqi issue, both sides voiced opposition to war on Iraq. They also expressed satisfaction over the stances of not striking Baghdad, which were taken by many world countries, including several Western ones, SANA added.  


The meeting was attended from the Syrian side by Assistant Foreign Minister, Suleiman Haddad, Syrian Ambassador to India, Dr. Mohsen Al-Khayer and Chief of Foreign Information Department at the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Bothaina Sha’aban.  


Later on, Singh hosted a luncheon in the honor of Sharaa and his accompanying delegation, attended by several Indian high-ranking officials. ( 

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