New Delhi, Aug 22: With the threat of the ISIS looming large, Syria has urged India to play a larger role. India's minister of state for external affairs, MJ Akbar who held discussions with Syrian President, al-Assad decided that both countries would enhance cooperation in combating the threat posed by the ISIS.
While acknowledging that the ISIS was now global problem, it was decided that a channel would be opened between both countries to upgrade security consultations.
The security consultations between both countries would lead to enhancement of intelligence sharing. Further both countries would also better the screening process for Indians visiting Syria.
India has often stressed on the need for better global coordination to beat the threat posed by international terrorist outfits such as the ISIS. Syria in particular has been the hardest hit by the ISIS and has been reaching out to the global community to combat the problem.
During the meeting, the Syrian President told Akbar that India should take a strong stance and not shy away from the problem posed by the ISIS. India has so far stayed away from any global coalition fighting the ISIS.
India feels that any attempt to join the global coalition against the ISIS could effectively lead to sectarian clashes between the Indian Muslims. However, India now acknowledges the need to play a bigger part where intelligence networking is concerned and hence these security consultations with Syria would help in the long run.