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India is preparing to participate in the UN-sponsored international conference on Syria to be held in Geneva which will bring together all warring parties, domestic and international, to resolve the crisis and stabilise the Arab country.

India has been informed very "authentically" about its invitation to Geneva II, scheduled for next month, and is awaiting a formal invite in this regard, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said here today.

Apart from the financial assistance of USD one million to the trust of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at The Hague for destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and related facilities, India has also offered the services of its experts to help in the destruction of Damascus' chemical weapons arsenal and related facilities.

India has maintained that the Syrian conflict should be resolved via dialogue. New Delhi, like Russia as well as China and Iran, has made it clear that it does not support any military intervention by Western powers, and this stand is seen by Russia as further justification of its own Syria policy.

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