13 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Syrian Ambassador to India, Riad Abbas called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhavan here on Monday. Abbas, accompanied by a small delegation discussed matters of mutual interest between Odisha and Syria and praised Odisha's progress in the education sector.
"It was a great honour to meet the Chief Minister of Odisha. We look forward to invite him to our country and strengthen the cooperation between Odisha and Syria," Abbas said.
He added that the steps Odisha has taken towards education is praiseworthy. "The CM of Odisha has made changes on the ground. The way he has supported and empowered the underprivileged is exemplary."
Abbas also visited KIIT University and KISS and met faculty members and students at the campus. There are 300 students from Syria studying at KIIT and KISS. "We are happy to note the manner in which KIIT-KISS Founder Achyuta Samanta has developed education infrastructure," said Abbas.