India should side with Shiites in Shia-Sunni war in Iraq: Subramanian Swamy

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:54

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New Delhi: As New Delhi continues to work hard to secure the release of 40 Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that the India should take side with the Shiite community in the ongoing Shia-Sunni war in Iraq.

Speaking to ANI, Swamy termed the ongoing crisis in Iraq as `a global Shia-Sunni war` and said that India should side with the Shiites as they have been friendly towards the Hindus.
Giving a piece of advice, Swamy said that the Indian government needs to convey to the ISIS that if it wants India to be neutral then the radical organisation should free all abducted Indians.

As the tensions soar in Iraq, Swamy further said that New Delhi should help Iraq, but should not change its friendly policy towards Israel.
The government on Wednesday said that 40 Indian nationals working for a Turkish construction company have been abducted in violence-hit Iraq`s Mosul area, which has been taken over by Sunni militants.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today sought to assure the families of the kidnapped Indian nationals, saying the government was making all possible efforts to resolve the crisis.

The MEA has also set up a round-the-clock control room to provide information on Iraq. The same can be reached at 011-23014104 (telephone), 011-23018158 (fax) or through email at

ISIS has taken control of several Iraqi cities from the state forces and is also posing a threat to the capital Baghdad. The Iraqi government has requested the US to launch air strikes against ISIS militants.

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First Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:54

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