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Syria backs India as a full-fledged member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Syrian Ambassador to India Dr Riad Abbas. Photograph:( PTI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2019, 03.59 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has a big number of Islamic people and we want India to be a full member of OIC, said Syrian Ambassador to India, Riad Abbas. 

In an interview with WION, Riad Abbas talked about his views on India-Syria relationship, Islamic State and India's membership at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

On March 1, India was for the first time invited at OIC foreign minister meet.

He also spoke on the US recognising Golan heights and said his govt will go to the international court of justice against the decision. 

WION: Your reaction to US decision to recognise Golan heights?

Dr Riad Abbas: The resolution is a dirty deal between 2 persons, US president Donald Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu for there personal benefit. Netanyahu got a guarantee he will win elections in Israel. This declaration will not change anything on the ground in Syria. Syrian Golan occupied by Israel is Syrian land and will put effort to make it back as Syrian country by political way or another way.

WION: Do you plan to go to the International court of justice? 

Dr Riad Abbas: We will do whatever on our right. we will take any action in the international arena and united nations, international court. Our govt will not keep quiet on our right on Golan height.

WION: How do you see India Syria relationship?

Dr Riad Abbas: There is a good relationship between both the countries since independence. and relation enhanced a few years ago and there have been high-level mutual visits. we highly appreciate the Indian position on the Syrian issue. we will never forget Indian support. Thank u India.

WION: How do u see India at Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

Dr Riad Abbas: On behalf of our govt, we want India to be a full member of OIC and India has a big number of Islamic people. They have to be a full member at  OIC. Syria govt support India at OIC and other international groupings. Syria has a positive position to support India at OIC and all Islamic conference. India has full right to be a permanent member of OIC and we would like to see New Delhi as a full member of OIC.

WION: Reports of Indians in Islamic State (IS)?

Dr Riad Abbas: Full cooperation between the securities of both countries. If the Syrian army gets an Indian in IS we will hand over to India. There is full cooperation between 2 countries on security.

WION: New Delhi's role in solving the Syrian crisis?

Dr Riad Abbas: we appreciate Indian position and we have full trust in Indian policy and look forward to India to do best in the international arena — in middle east or intl arena.