Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar’s visit to Damascus

In Damascus, Akbar had talks with al-Assad and Prime Minister Emad Mohammad Deeb Khamis. The discussions focussed on the India-Syria bilateral cooperation and unfolding security situation in the region, Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson of the ministry, told mediapersons in New Delhi.

Akbar also met Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem, who visited New Delhi and held a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last January. He conveyed to al-Moallem that India continues to be in favour of the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria and that New Delhi is ready to provide more humanitarian assistance to the nation.

India contributed $4 million for humanitarian assistance in Syria and pledged $5 million more, in addition to supplying medicines worth $1 million. India has also given $1 million towards the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.

Akbar also met Syria National Security Advisor Ali Mamlouk and with the Grand Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who had visited Delhi in March last year.

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