Ms. Bouthaina Shaaban, Political and Media Advisor of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, is on official visit to India as Special Envoy of the Syrian President to brief the Indian leadership on the situation in Syria. Ms. Shaaban met External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of State for External Affairs Shri E. Ahamed and National Security Advisor Shri Shivshankar Menon on March 6, 2013. She also handed over a letter from the Syrian President addressed to PM on developments in Syria.
India reiterated deep concern on the security situation in Syria and the continued escalation in violence. We also expressed our concern about the plight of the people of Syria arising out of intense fighting and conflict.
India urged the need for peaceful resolution of the crisis with participation of all parties taking into account the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians for which the Geneva Communiqué which includes the 6-Point Plan of Kofi Annan provides a good basis.
March 6, 2013