A role for India in rebuilding Syria4 min read . Updated: 17 Jan 2017, 01:28 AM IST
New Delhi has renewed its pre-war Tishreen power plant commitment but steered clear of any new proposals
Earlier this month, it was reported that India is looking into major reconstruction projects in Syria and will be hosting senior Syrian officials in the coming months to discuss these proposals. Notably, India has already renewed its commitments to its pre-war projects, specifically the Tishreen power plant, which can be looked upon as India’s premier developmental undertaking in the country. India has told Syria in recent consultations that it is willing to restart work if the Syrian regime can provide security guarantees for its people and companies. A review of the security scenarios has also been initiated to outline whether work on the plant can begin anytime in the near future. The Indian stance perhaps signals that South Block expects President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power as the end-game of the crisis in Syria plays itself out.