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Syria hesitant about India’s role in reconstruction after Modi’s Israel visit

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by X_Killer, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. X_Killer

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    Syria hesitant about India’s role in reconstruction after Modi’s Israel visit...
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    The Syrian government is hesitant about inviting India to participate in the war-torn country’s reconstruction because of public disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad hassaid.The views expressed by Bouthaina Shaaban, one of the closest aides of Assad, could be perceived as a snub by Indian policy-makers, especially since New Delhi has tacitly backed the Syrian regime since the country’s conflict began in 2011.

    Sipping a glass of wine at a hotel in the “green zone” of Damascus, Shaaban speaks of the bitter taste left by the Indian premier’s visit to Israel.“Allow me to say that the Syrian people are very disappointed with the visit of Prime Minister Modito Israel, because Israel is an occupying and a colonial force which has deprived Palestinians of their indigenous rights. We never expected India will move from its righteous and moral stand and pay that huge courtesy to Israel,” Shabaan, a frequent visitor to India, told Hindustan Times.“I can say that while we call for a role for China and a role for Russia, we are very hesitant to call for a role for India (in rebuilding Syria),” she added.

    Perhaps indicative of Syria’s anger, Shaaban volunteered the response when she was asked about the sort the Assad regime envisages for India in post-war efforts.“Regardless of the economic and military relations, because we know there are relations between India and Israel, the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Israel was really shocking,” she said.It wasn’t India’s working relationship with Israel but the prime ministerial visit and the optics it entailed that had baffled Syria, she added.In 2016, India abstained from a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire following the siege of Aleppo imposed by the Syrian government and backed with Russian military might.

    Despite the war, high-level visits between India and Syria continued, including one by minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar in 2016.The World Bank estimates that the cost of rebuilding Syria’s bombed-out cities will be $200 billion. Hindustan Times has learnt India has the capacity to take on projects worth $20 billion, a tenth of the total estimate.India’s involvement in projects in Syria ranges from a $25 million line of credit for modernising the Hama Iron and Steel Plant (Apollo International won the contract and completed the project) to a contract signed by BHEL in 2009 to part finance the Tishreen power plant through another line of credit of $100 million (the work was suspended due to the ongoing crisis and has not resumed).
    New Delhi has also pledged $4 million in humanitarian aid to the Syrian regime, while ONGC Videsh Limited won the bid to look for oil and natural gas in Block 24 in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province.A team from OVL visited Syria two to three weeks ago and, according to sources, was assured by the Syrian regime of preferential treatment. But Deir Ezzor continues to be an active battleground and fierce fighting between the Syrian regime and the Islamic State and other groups is taking place in the country’s eastern front on the border with Iraq.After a gap of six years, Damascus is ready to host its international trade fair.

    The capital and even the destroyed cities of Homs and Aleppo areflaunting huge signboards for the fair to be held on August 17 that promises to rebuild Syria.Assad is relying heavily on the financial muscle ofBRICS nations, but is mostly dependent on the Chinese. China has announced it will invest $2 billion in an industrial park that is expected to bring 150 Chinese companies to Syria.While the number of Chinese firms attending the fair isn’t known as yet, seven Indian companies are expected to visit Damascus on August 17, with a few more sending representatives. Indian firms are believed to be concerned about security even though the areas controlled by the regime are now relatively safer.In the reconstruction rush, Indian diplomats are hoping Indian companies will not be left behind and lose the first-mover advantage. In an attempt to assuage Syrian concerns, sources in the Indian government said that India’s Israel policy is not at the expense of Syria.

    The page on “foreign relations with Syria” on the website of the external affairs ministry still reads “India’s traditional support for just Arab causes , notably the Palestinian cause and for the return ofthe occupied Golan Heights to Syria, is appreciated by Syrians”.Shabaan blamed the West for supporting anti-regime groups and said this is because of theSyrian government’s opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. She thinks the Israeli-Arab conflict is the main reason behind the war in Syria.As she left for another meeting, she said that while Syria was saddened by Modi’s visit to Israel,it is willing to look at a “pragmatic relationship” with India.



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    Syria is pushed into a corner amidst horrible civil war. Obviously can't blame them for not being able to think straight now.
     
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    In international diplomacy there is nothing like permanent friends or enemies, rather interests.
    Indian Israeli relationships date back many decades and given how both countries have (& continue to) suffer radical extremism and terrorism, our sympathies towards each other is understandable.
    However Syria must understand that India is a stable and responsible democracy and should see how India has extended help and cooperation to Afghanistan.
    If they still choose to look otherwise, its their choice.
     
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    ...and it's revealed why Syria is in the screwed-up state that it is. Right now their focus should be defeating IS, ensuring survival of their regime and borders, and rebuilding their country. But no! They want to partake in Palestinian cause!

    If they don't want our help, screw them. Palestine is Israel's b!tch whether anyone likes it or not. If Israel doesn't want to let go of Palestine, no power on Earth can do otherwise.

    The Arabs need to understand that India wishes to remain neutral in Middle-Eastern affairs at large. We share a deep relationship with Israel and nothing can change that, no one in the ME can be a better partner to India in various technological/strategic fields than Israel. Most of the Islamic states are either Wahabbi terror-sponsors via Pakistan (Sunni states) or have sketchy views on the Kashmir issue and question India's sovereignty (Iran). I fail to see how they even expect India to be anti-Israel.

    In fact I'm surprised that Syria would be reluctant to accept India's help (all because of a formal state visit) but is ready to accept China's...knowing that China supplies nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Saudi Arabia, which in turn is sponsoring most of the violence in Syria/Iraq. Pfff....some way of making friends the Syrian leadership has.
     
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    So now they want to decide India's foreign policy.....
     
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    Indian National Interest First which aligns with Israel. Syria can take Hike. :)
     
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    These premitive monkeys can not stop killing each other by the hundreds of thousands and want to tell one set of kaffirs they hate to not have relations with another set of kaffirs they hate even more.

    Who the FCUK is he? Our PM even visits Pakistan. It is our diplomacy. He can go kill some more children to amuse himself. I give a fcuk abt syrian reconstruction. Have enough first hand experience with syrian racist bastards in dubai. But for this third class sub human to comment on our independent diplomacy is fcking unbelievable.
     
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  9. Sancho

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    You have to see it from Syrias point of view!

    The last thing they need, is another foreign country trying to create influence in their homeland. That's what led to the war in the first place, because Syria was misused as the battleground for US, Saudi, Qatari, Turkish, Russian and Iranian interests.

    Secondly, yes India has a decades old relationship to Israel, but we were smart about it and always kept playing to all the sides.
    This government is obviously changing the rules of foreign relations, from India being an independent and non allingned country, to an open supporter of Israeli and US interests.
    That of course changes the view of other nations on us and therefor, earlier good relations can be under a different view today, which we also see with Russia, Iran for example.

    The PMs one sided marketing trip to Israel, brought a lot of nice photo ops, but by snubbing the Palestinians he also openly chose sides and that's not what India was meant for globally!
     
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  10. nair

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    You can't blame them.... They have no clue whom to trust....
     
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    How can they, things are changing all the time. US, Saudis and Qatar supported the rebels and now Saudis and Qataris are fighting each other.
    Turkey attacked Syrian forces, rebels, as well as IS at the end, to which they have sold weapons to and bought oil from.
    Russia and Iran are the only constant supporters, but only to the government forces.
    And if all that is not enough, they have to deal with strikes from Israel, where nobody knows of they are justified or if they are just testing new weapons and techs as everyone else.
     
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  12. nair

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    The worst place on earth.... With every nation is involved and everyone has their own agendas....
     
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    Sadly yes, but what's even worse is, that those who created the mess, are also those, that don't want to help the refugees and that everyone sees Syrian refugees as the problem.
     
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    Out of interest, has anyone done a tally of what India's reconstruction/total financial interaction etc running total is in say "post-war" Iraq as % of total there? Or a rough estimate of such?

    If that is low, then it really doesn't matter too much to India anyway. Syria is also a permanently scarred and fractured country now, whoever you "help" "reconstruct" is going to make you a target of the opposing side(s).....and that will always henceforth be a question of when, not if.
     

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