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Karat warns govt against `toeing` US line on Syria

CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat cautioned the Centre against "toeing" the US line on Syria, which is in turmoil, saying Washington wants the government there to be removed and India to "join their game".



Kozhikode: CPI-M General Secretary Prakash
Karat on Saturday cautioned the Centre against "toeing" the US line
on Syria, which is in turmoil, saying Washington wants the
government there to be removed and India to "join their game".

US Secretary Hilary Clinton had recently made a statement
asking India to take a stand against the Syrian government,
Karat said.
"If the people of Syria, which has a one party system,
want to fight for democracy in Syria, they have the right to
do so and India can extend its moral support, Karat said.

"But no country, particularly the US, has the right to
decide who should be in the government in Syria," he said,
inaugurating a seminar `War on terrorism-US agenda on the Arab
World`.
"Today they (US) are wanting the Syrian government to be
removed and are asking India to join their game," Karat said.

US was threatening India to fall in line with it as India
is the president of the Security Councl of UN for the month of
August, he alleged.

"Recently in the US, in a major magazine on foreign
affairs an article had appeared saying India`s role in the UN
Security Council is not good enough to make it a permanent
member of the council," he said.

Over the years, the Indian government has taken a stand
falling in line with the US and Israel on all West Asian
matters, he charged, adding "that is why we say India must
take a decision which conforms to the interest of the people
of those country and must conform to the interest of our
country."

PTI

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