Indian president supports Syria's claim to the Golan

During a press conference in Damascus on Saturday, visiting Indian President Pratibha Patil said she supports Syria's demand for Israel's withdrawal from the Golan Heights, reported AFP on Saturday.
Also at the press conference, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the lack of peace in the Middle East harms the region's economic development."The absence of peace in our region due to Israel's policies... raises tensions and undermines economic development and prosperity," Assad was quoted as saying by AFP.
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