India’s Participation in Syria’s Reconstruction Process Discussed

 DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the Indian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs TS Tirumurti met in Damascus on Monday to discuss ways of enhancing Syrian-Indian ties including economic and trade cooperation.

Talks between the two sides also focused on India’s participation in Syria’s reconstruction process and on preparations to hold meetings of the third session of the Syrian-Indian committee for economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation in Damascus in the near future.

Developments in Syria and the war on terrorism were also discussed.

 Al-Moallem hailed the solid relations between the two countries and thanked the Indian government and people for supporting Syria in all international forums and in backing the steadfastness of the Syrians in the face of the terrorist and economic war imposed on them.

He reiterated the importance of boosting cooperation in all domains as to establish long-term strategic relations and of encouraging India’s participation in Syria reconstruction to serve the interests of the peoples of both countries.

On his part, Tirumurti said his visit to Syria aimed at holding  talks with Syrian officials on preparations for holding the forthcoming joint committee for cooperation, stressing his country’s on supporting Syria and consolidating bilateral cooperation.

He affirmed India’s willingness to take part in the reconstruction of Syria in order to help restore stability and peace to the entire country.

The Indian official hailed the steadfastness of the Syrian people and leadership in the face of terrorism, stressing India‘s strong commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Faysal al-Mikdad, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, also held talks with Tirumurti and the accompanying delegation on strengthening relations between Syria and India.

Mikdad hailed the historic relations and values the two countries share, stressing that on this solid base the two countries can build better present and future.

India is of great importance for Syria from a strategic point of view and within the framework  of President Bashar al-Assad’s directives to look eastward, said al-Mikdad, adding that Syria respects India’s achievements in economy and technology and its growing role on the international arena and as BRICS group member.

Hamda Mustafa