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    Syrian Crisis Should Be Resolved in Accordance With Assad Government Wishes

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    India believes the Syrian crisis should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of Syria's government and people, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told Sputnik, adding that New Delhi considers Moscow's peace efforts very important.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He stressed that the world community should join efforts and together fight against terrorism in Syria.

    "We feel that the Russian participation that is taking place in Syria, is very important and actions, that have to be taken in Syria, have to be taken in accordance with the UN resolutions and in accordance with the wishes of the government of Syria and the people of Syria through the dialogue which is inclusive and that is a position that we have conveyed to the international community and to the Russian Federation," Saran said.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting the Syrian opposition groups striving to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. Damascus is also fighting numerous extremist groups, in particular Daesh, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries. Russia began its anti-terrorist aerial campaign in September 2015 at the request of Assad.


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