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After aerial bombardment by the Syrian government of rebel-held areas of Azaz in Aleppo governorate. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

August 21, 2016: War-torn Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has sought help from India in the reconstruction of his country’s economy.

Assad said this on Saturday during a meeting with visiting Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar in capital city Damascus.


“Both leaders acknowledged that terrorism was a global problem,” an official source said here on Sunday.

“Assad said as a growing power, India has a role to play in meeting the challenge of terrorism,” the source said.


M. J. Akbar speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum 2014. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

On his part, Akbar said the age of destruction should give way to reconstruction in Syria.

“Assad invited India to play an active role in the reconstruction of the Syrian economy,” the source said.

The Syrian President also welcomed India’s objective position on the conflict in Syria.

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There was an agreement between the two sides on further upgrading security consultations.

Akbar is on the second leg of his August 17-23 three-nation West Asia tour. He earlier visited Lebanon and met Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

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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 war-ridden country of Iraq. (IANS)

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