Sunday, 05 April 2020 | 12:48 WIB

India‘s Foreign Minister Postpones Visit to Syria

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, NNC - India's Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Sept 8, announced that the visit of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to Syria had been postponed.

Swaraj was scheduled to visit Syria this week.

The visit will be the first done by Indian minister since a civil war broke out in 2011 in Syria.

"The Foreign Minister's visit to Syria was postponed due to the conditions in the country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told the media.

"A new date will be decided in talks with the Syrian side," he added.

India has been supporting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during the war against the IS group.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Russian and Syrian warplanes on Saturday stormed the city in the Syrian province of Idlib, which was controlled by the opposition.

The attack occurred a day after presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia at their meeting failed to agree on a ceasefire that would prevent a Russian-backed attack.

Witnesses and rescue workers said dozens of air strikes hit several villages and towns in southern Idlib and the town of Latamneh in northern Hama, where rebels were still in control.

Two residents in southern Idlib said Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs at civilian homes in the suburbs of Khan Sheikhoun city.

Three residents were also killed in Abdeen village in southern Idlib, said a source in civil defense.

The United Nations is concerned that a major attack caused a humanitarian disaster, which affected tens of thousands of residents, as quoted by Antara / Reuters.