India raises Cameron 'mistake' in Syria speech
— British Prime Minister David Cameron mistakenly named India among countries which had concluded that Syrian regime forces were behind a chemical attack near Damascus, India’s foreign ministry said yesterday.New Delhi took note of the lapse during Cameron’s August 29 speech to lawmakers in London, in which he called for Britain to join military action against Syria after the attack near Damascus. “We asked how this had come about and they admitted that this was a mistake,” a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP, saying the matter had been raised “informally”. Cameron named India alongside other countries including Canada, Australia, Turkey and the United States which had concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons.
However, we would prefer to await the full results of the UN inspection,” its foreign ministry said in a statement. India was in favour of bringing the Syrian government and the opposition to the negotiating table, the statement added, urging all sides to abjure violence.