UK wants India to support new UN resolution on Syria

The United Kingdom has sent one of its top diplomats to convince New Delhi to support a “tougher” UN Security Council resolution on Syria — due to come up later this week — and,if possible,to co-sponsor it

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 3:28:38 am

The United Kingdom has sent one of its top diplomats to convince New Delhi to support a “tougher” UN Security Council resolution on Syria — due to come up later this week — and,if possible,to co-sponsor it.

The latest UNSC resolution is seeking a reference to sanctions on the key members of the Syrian regime,including Syrian President Basar al-Assad,if they do not comply with the measures enunciated by the UN special envoy Kofi Annan.

Talking to select journalists,Irfan Siddiq,who heads the Arab Partnership Department in the UK foreign office,said here on Monday,“We want India,as a responsible actor and a key player,to support this resolution.”

Siddiq is meeting key officials in the Ministry of External Affairs,in charge of the Gulf and West Asia divisions,and the Deputy National Security Advisor Latha Reddy.

“If India wants to co-sponsor the resolution,it will be fantastic,” Siddiq said.

The key improvement of the new resolution — over the previous resolution — will essentially be a “threat of sanctions” for the top brass of the Assad regime.

Talking about India’s attitude on the issue,Siddiq was candid: “India has been cautious… wary of dramatic changes,also reluctant to be interventionist.”

Karzai’s trusted aide now Afghan envoy

With the appointment of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s trusted aide Shaida M Abdali as the new Ambassador to India,Kabul has shown its intent of closer ties with New Delhi,especially in the area of security cooperation,South Block sources said here on Monday. Abdali was one of the key members of the National Security Council who vetted the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership agreement signed last October. “He has stuck to him through thick and thin. The fact that the Afghan President has sent him to New Delhi underscores the importance he attaches to the relationship with New Delhi,” a South Block source said.

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