Syria hails India's position on fight against ISIS militants

Hailing India's position on the fight against ISIS militants in West Asia, Syria on Thursday said it does not have any information about reports of involvement of a small group of Indian youth with the dreaded terror group in strife-torn Iraq and in its own soil.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014, 19:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Hailing India's position on the fight against ISIS militants in West Asia, Syria on Thursday said it does not have any information about reports of involvement of a small group of Indian youth with the dreaded terror group in strife-torn Iraq and in its own soil.

Syrian Ambassador Riad Kamel Abbas also appreciated the "Muslim society" in India as the best in the world and said India can play a crucial role in ensuring peace and stability in many conflict zones.

"We do not have any real information about it. We have no confirmation," he said when asked about reports that a small group of radicalised Indian youths may be fighting alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

"We highly appreciate the Islamic society here in India. This is the best Islamic society in the world," he said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had told a court here last month that Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives were following the footsteps of ISIS to create a situation in India similar to the one prevailing in Iraq and Syria.

Syria has been grappling with a fierce civil war for last couple of years with ISIS posing a serious threat to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Supporting India's bid to become a member of the UN Security Council, Abbas also accused US of not doing anything to contain ISIS and suggested that the American administration may be behind its emergence.

Welcoming India's position on addressing terror activities in the Gulf region, the Syrian envoy said the UN has failed to perform its duty by coming under influence of the US.

"We appreciate India's position on Syria. We appreciate India's position on containing terror. India can play an important role in ensuring peace in many areas," he said while adding that Syria and India have cooperation in many areas including in security.

The envoy also alleged that spy agencies from some European countries were trying to destabilise Assad regime.

India has been maintaining that it was not going to join

"any coalition" in the ongoing fight against the ISIS group in West Asia but agreed to work with the US to deal with the "major issue" of flight of radicalised people to that region for terror strikes.

Asked about Syria's ties with India, Abbas said both countries have been cooperating in various areas.

He said Syria appreciates India's position of not getting involved in the US-led coalition and termed it as a "good policy".

Severely critical of the US and Israel, the envoy claimed that any effort to topple the Assad government will lead to "bigger" problem and said Syria's "allies" like Russia and China will never allow such a move.

He also accused Saudi Arabia and Turkey of trying to destabilise Syria.

"Alliance of Syria like Russia, China and Iran will not allow Syrian government to fall. It will not be allowed," he said.

The US-led coalition is carrying out air strikes against Islamic State militants, who have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.

The ISIS have been involved in mass killings including beheading of soldiers and journalists.