Syrian community in India expresses solidarity with Syrian leadership; UN Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi calls for ceasefire for Eid Al Adha holiday
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  • According to reports, UN Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with President Assad on October 21 and called on both sides of the Syrian conflict for a unilateral ceasefire on account of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha. The call coincided with a bombing in a predominantly Christian area of the Old City of Damascus that killed 13 people. This was the first such attack in this area since the conflict began. Syrian Christians who account for around 5 per cent of the population have sided with the regime fearing an Islamist backlash.1

    In another development, according to reports, Syrian students and members of the Syrian community in India gathered outside the Syrian Embassy in New Delhi on October 21 to express their support for President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian leadership. In a statement issued by the India chapter of the National Union of Syrian Students, Syrian students criticised the roles of Arab and foreign countries in interfering in the conflict. Syrian Ambassador to India, Riyad Abbas, also provided an account of the factors affecting stability and security in Syria.2