India throws its support behind Assad

India has announced to renew its trade ($320 millions) and security ties with Syria which were on hold since 2011. India had been standing on sideline on US-Israel proxy war in Syria to topple pro-Iran Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But, after India’s regional rival China threw its weight behind Assad regime early this month, Modi government decided to do something to counter growing Chines influence in the region. India’s longest ally Russia threw its military support behind Assad last September.

A few days after Chinese Admiral Guan Youfei visited Damascus last week in order to upgrade military ties between the two nations, Indian foreign minister Mubashir Javed Akbar met president Assad in Damascus on August 20, 2016.

After meeting the Indian minister, Assad said: India has a role to play in meeting the challenge of terrorism while Akbar noted that so much destruction in Syria was now going to pave the ground for an era of re-construction.

Last December Indian prime minister Narendra Modi met Vlasimir Putin in Moscow. Even though, Indian government is very anti-Muslim and a close ally of the Zionist entity, Modi supported Putin’s policy on Syria.

However, while Iran, Russia, and Hizbullah are against removal of Bashar al-Assad by force, both India and China are silent on that issue. Why? Because both countries are involved in terrorism against their minorities especially Muslims.

India’s support for Syria obviously cannot compare with that of countries like Russia or Iran. India neither needs nor is able to intervene in Syria in the way that those two powers are. Instead it makes sense for India to sit back and let the Russians and the Iranians do the heavy lifting in Syria whilst quietly reaping the benefits and giving diplomatic support. The point however is that the Western narrative of a Syrian government discredited by its war crimes that is isolated internationally is simply untrue.  On the contrary all three of the great Eurasian powers – China, Russia and India – in their different ways support it,” said Alexander Mercouris, a Russian journalist on Monday.

Geopolitically, India will see Syria as an opportunity to strengthen its position as a potential security partner for Middle Eastern states (as it competes with both China and Pakistan). This includes countries feeling threatened or isolated by the West, like Iran and Syria, as well as those who feel they have received inadequate Western backing, like the Gulf States,” Kadira Pethiyagoda wrote at Jewish Brookings Institute.

Last month, former Indian ambassador MK Bhadrakuma wrote that Assad retaining its authority over pre-2011 Syria haunts Israel. Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Israel want to see a weakened and partitioned Syria to its advantage – paving its annexation of Syrian Golan Heights territory. All three regimes see Assad in power as victory for Iran and Lebanese Islamic resistance Hizbullah.

Turkey’s abandonment of the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria means a geopolitical victory for Iran. On the contrary, a triumphant and battle-hardened Hizbullah next door mean that its vast superiority in conventional military strength will be rendered even more irrelevant in countering the resistance movement. Significantly, Israel is keeping stony silence,” Bhadrakuma wrote on his personal blog.

President Bashar al-Assad visited India in 2008. While Narendra Modi has visited Iran and some Gulf states, he has avoided Syria so far. India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited Syria in 1957 and 1960. Bashar’s father Hafez Assad visited India in 1978 and 1983.

India along with China, Russia, South Africa, and Brazil is member of the BRICK.

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