India, Russia supportive of Syrian sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity

Moscow, Dec. 24 (ANI): New Delhi and Moscow on Thursday voiced staunch support for Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity as the heads of the two nations shared the approach of diplomatic dialogue instead of the use of force for resolving the issue of terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint statement after talks in Moscow that the two sides agreed that the internal armed conflict in Syria cannot be resolved by force and can be settled only by political and diplomatic means – through substantive intra-Syrian dialogue without any preliminary conditions or external interference and on the basis of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012.

Both Sides expressed serious concern at developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the al Nusra Front and other similar groups are operating causing violence.

Both sides share the view that presence of terrorist groups in much of Iraq and Syria directly threatens regional and global security. Both sides expressed their support to global efforts to fight terrorism and to enhancing international efforts to counter activities of terrorist groups including “foreign terrorist fighters” pursuant to the relevant UNSC resolutions.

Both sides expressed their strong support for the people and the Government of Iraq in their efforts to overcome the existing crisis and to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity. They emphasised the importance of national reconciliation and unity in Iraq by creation of an inclusive state system and strengthening of national democratic institutions through capacity building.

Both sides expressed concern about the aggravation of the security situation in Afghanistan, including along its borders. The two leaders recognised that terrorism and extremism pose the main threat to security and stability of Afghanistan, the region and beyond.

Moscow and New Delhi supported further promotion of a national reconciliation process led and guided by the Afghans themselves in compliance with established international principles.

The two nations reaffirmed their willingness to continue to provide multi-vector assistance to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the interest of maintaining stability and independence of Afghanistan, and assisting socio-economic development and connectivity of the country and further agreed to continue their close consultation and cooperation on Afghanistan.

In this regard, they emphasised the need for joint and concerted efforts and cooperation among countries in the region to address the challenge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the dismantling of terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens and disrupting all financial and other support for terrorism.

Russian President Putin also pointed to the proximity of positions Moscow and New Delhi take on acute international issues.

“It is important Russia and India make similar approaches to key international problems. Our countries are for a political settlement of the conflict in Syria and promotion of national reconciliation in Afghanistan,” Putin said, adding, “We are certain that it is in the interests of the world community to form a wide anti-terrorist coalition operating on the basis of international law and under the auspices of the United Nations.” (ANI)

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