Indian President Backs Syria's Claim on the Golan Heights

Speaking at a joint conference with Syrian President in Damascus, Indian President Pratibha Patil says India consistently supported Arab goals in the region.

Indian President Pratibha Patil said that India fully supported the return of the Golan Heights to Syria during a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

Assad Patil- Reuters- Nov. 27, 2010

Patil is visiting Syria as part of her visit to the region, aimed to encourage mutual investment opportunities between the two countries.

The Indian president said that India had consistently supported Arab goals in the region, and sought a peace agreement in accordance with UN resolutions.

Assad said in the conference that Israel's policies hindered the Mideast peace process, harming economic development in the region.

Assad thanked Patil for her support and added that the Syria and India could help end the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem criticized Friday stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, warning that closing the horizons to peace could lead to war in the Middle East.

"The possibility of war always exists in our region since Israel almost always scandalously evades the commitment to peace," said Moallem. "There is no doubt that closing the horizons to peace could lead to war," he said.