Location: The Syrian Arab Republic in West Asia lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. The Orontes and Euphrates rivers pass through Syria. The chief seaport is Latakia.
History: Syria, the seat of an ancient civilization, became a fully independent sovereign republic in 1946. Syria joined with Egypt in 1958 in the United Arab Republic but seceded in 1961. Principal towns are Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. Syria has been involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948. Syria's negotiations with Israel haven't made much headway.
Agriculture: Agriculture and cattle-breeding comprise the major occupations of the people. The chief crops are cotton, wheat tobacco and olives.
Minerals: Oil, phosphate, gypsum.
Industries: Oil, soap, textiles, leather, tobacco, sugar and glassware.
Mission in India:
Embassy of Syrian Arab Republic
D-5/8, Vasnat Marg, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi - 110 057, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2614 0233
Tele Fax: 91 - 11 - 26143107
Indian Mission in Syria:
Embassy of India
4046, Adnan Malki Steet
Yassin Nouwelati Building
PO. Box 685, Damascus, Syria
Tel: 00 - 963 - 11 - 3739081/ 83
Fax: 00 - 963 - 11 - 3316703