18:59 GMT +324 March 2017
    A MiG-23 aircraft of the Syrian Air Force lands at the Hama airbase near the city of Hama, Syria's Hama Province

    Indian Ambassador Confirms Syrian War Was ‘Instigated From Outside'

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    Former Ambassador of India in Damascus V.P. Haran confirmed that the Syrian war started not as result of an uprising against the Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad, but was instigated from the outside, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) reported.

    According to Haran, external forces played a key role in fueling the Syrian conflict. The opposition in the country had supporters, including al-Qaeda and the Gulf States, which contributed to the destabilization of the country.

    "Much of this was instigated from the outside, namely by the Gulf States," the diplomat said, stressing that back in 2009 "Syria was a peaceful country without any hidden tensions."

    According to the diplomat, the Syrian economy was doing well at that time and the average growth rate was more than 5 percent. The unemployment rate reached 8 percent, but unemployed Syrians could find work in the Gulf States. All in all life in Syria was very peaceful, Haram explained.

    "Public order had never been a problem. My female colleagues told me that they could wear jewelry and go home alone by two o'clock in the morning and feel safe. In some districts, restaurants were open until five o'clock in the morning. You never had the feeling that there would be trouble in the streets," the diplomat said.

    Haran argued that Bashar al-Assad has always been a popular leader and therefore he is still in power. There is no adequate internal opposition and many of the problems in Syria come from foreign sources that are trying to get rid of the inconvenient regime, the ambassador explained, reminding that 67 percent of the entire Arab world had chosen Assad as the most popular Arab person voted in 2009.

    "Even the diplomatic community agreed that he had the support of about 80 percent of the Syrian population," Haran said.

    The situation in the country deteriorated in 2011 following the "Arab spring" when it came to protests in various parts of the country. The chaos emerged in a number of the country's provinces such as Latakia, Homs and Hama.

    "Aleppo remained calm and this was what really bothered the opposition. The opposition could not force people in Aleppo to revolt against the regime, so they sent [their own] people to Aleppo. These people then burned something on the streets and went back. But journalists reported about that saying that these were Aleppo people who took part in revolts," Haran said.

    According to Haran, the media has often exaggerated its negative representations of Syria with journalists reporting about things that never happened.


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    • avatar
      He did not bend to the will of the terrorist American government though did he. Good for him.
    • avatar
      Manipulation and deception - we knew it but anyway it is good to hear from others as well to check and reinforce our own sanity :)
    • avatar
      After four years before this guy say so? Was him hiding in to closet these long that didn't know what was going on? Even a layman can tell that Syria war was and is instigated from the beginning. To say that now not help but shame is rather.
    • choticastile
      Why have we all known this from the outset, but global lies -- the lowest and most wicked had to be spread by the western mongrel media to smear Bashar Assad... Today Syria is virtually destroyed due to the meanest, greediest monsters, parading around as human! Karma is a b*tch and what goes round comes round. I am not normally vengeful, but God alone knows, the horrors delivered by TPTB on so many nations and forever keeping them imprisoned in their filthy clutches, to my mind is deserving of righteous anger by people all over the world. Thank you for publishing this Sputnik. Sharing it far and wide.
    • choticastilein reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, Unfortunately, if people in official positions want to keep their jobs or not find themselves headless under a bridge, they have to keep it shut up, until its more safe to speak out. Very few people have what I term, whistleblower b*lls! Lol.
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      He's been saying this since 2011, but apart from an interview with the Indian Express (I think) he's been completely ignored by the media of his - my - country. Think of it - the US deep state can bend their media into pretzels to distort the truth, while our media is so 'independent' that they swallow the pap fed to them by the US without question.
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