New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s proposed visit to Syria, scheduled for next week, has been deferred, Ministry of External Affairs announced here on Friday.
“EAM’s visit to Syria has been deferred due to the prevailing situation in that country,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query.
“Fresh dates will be decided in mutual consultation with the Syrian side,” he said.
In the process, the Minister’s visit to Lebanon too has been abandoned, sources said.
Swaraj’s visit would have been the first such high-level tour of Syria from India since civil war broke out in that nation in 2011.
The Minster Swaraj was supposed to lead a delegation for a joint delegation level meeting with the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem.
The situation in Syria seemed to be deteriorating and turning tense as in recent weeks, the Syrian forces have been gathering on the province’s southern border and Russia also
has moved ships into the area.
The Trump administration has conducted two strikes in Syria in response to chemical attacks since April 2017.
Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US said the scope of a third strike, if necessary, would be determined by the White House.