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India opposes military strike on Syria
September 3, 2013, 1:12 pm


India has called for a cessation of violence from all sides [Xinhua]

India on Tuesday reacted to threats from the United States to stage a military attack on Syria by saying it would oppose such a move.

“There can be no military solution to this conflict. We continue to support the proposed ‘International Conference on Syria’ [Geneva-II], being the best prospect for a political solution, for bringing the Syrian government and the opposition to the negotiating table,” said a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.

US President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would seek approval from Congress for military action against Syria.

India has instead called for a cessation of violence from all sides and stressed on a “political dialogue leading to a comprehensive political solution, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people”.

On the question of use of chemical weapons in Syria, India says it “stands against the use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anyone”.

“However, we will prefer to await the full results of the UN inspection,” said the official statement.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the country had independent evidence that Syrian government forces used Sarin gas during the attack on a Damascus suburb earlier in August. Kerry said the evidence was independent of the UN probe in Syria.

India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday that India is “keeping a close watch on Syria”.

“The situation in Syria is very critical. We are keeping a close watch,” he said.

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