Akbar Meets Syria’s Assad

Indian Minister MJ Akbar meets Syrian President Bashar Al Assad

As the civil war in Aleepo escalates claiming many lives, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar M.J. Akbar calls on Syrian President Assad….reports Asian Lite News

Indian Minister MJ Akbar meets Syrian President Bashar Al Assad
Indian Minister MJ Akbar meets Syrian President Bashar Al Assad

 Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, who is on his first trip abroad after assuming the post last month, on Saturday met with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

“During his official visit to Syria, MoS @mjakbar called on President Bashar Al Assad in Damascus today,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Akbar is on the second leg of his August 17-23 three-nation West Asia tour after having visited Lebanon during which he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

Turkey’s role

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that his country will play a more active role in helping address the Syrian crisis within the next six months.

“Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Syria and will do its best to prevent the country from being ethnically divided,” Yildirim told the foreign press in Istanbul.

He said Iran, the Gulf countries, the United States and Russia can make joint efforts to end the war in Syria and set details over a transition period in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

The premier added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be accepted as an actor during the transition period but he has no place in Syria’s future, as he would not be able to keep the integrity of the country in the long run.

On Wednesday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus described Ankara’s policy on Syria, under which al-Assad’s ouster had been insisted upon, as “a source of many sufferings for Turkey today”.

Kurtulmus was referring to repeated terror attacks and the influx of Syrians into Turkey, among others.

Turkey and Russia have moved toward ending the Syrian war after they started in late June to repair bilateral relations battered over Ankara’s downing of a Russian warplane in November 2015.

“And earlier in Lebanon, MoS @mjakbar called on President of Council of Ministers Tammam Salam and FM Gebran Bassil,” Swarup said in a separate tweet.

Akbar’s visit comes seven months after the visit of Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem to India during which he sought India’s economic and political support.

After Syria, Akbar will also visit the other war-ridden country of Iraq.