India has not broken ties with Syria, President wishes Assad regime

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There is no change in the policy of India on Syria.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee today extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Syrian Arab Republic on the eve of their National Day. (17.04.2017).

In the press release, his message he refers to Assad as ‘His Excellency Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic’, and says that it “gives me great pleasure to extend greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of the Syrian Arab Republic on the occasion of your National Day.”

He also noted in the press release that India and Syria have traditionally enjoyed warm and cordial relations.

President expressed sorrow on the situation in Syria and said that the tragic loss of human lives and violence during the many years of conflict that have devastated Syria have greatly saddened us in India. We look forward to the success of the recently re-launched political process in achieving a comprehensive political solution through a Syrian-led, all-inclusive effort, taking into consideration the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. We welcome all initiatives in this direction and remain hopeful of an early solution to the crisis in Syria.

President then said, and that is all that is needed to know about Indian position on Syria:

It is a matter of satisfaction that India and Syria have had fruitful high level exchanges – whose outcomes we hope to consolidate.

I convey my best wishes for your health and well-being and for peace and prosperity in Syria.

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In short, India is crystal clear on where it stands on the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. It is important to also state that Bashar Al-Assad has the back of many nations as well who see him as a democratic and a liberal ruler. India hs always enjoyed ties with this nation unlike many in the West and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.