Saudi Arabia is ready to take part in any ground operation in Syria, if the U.S.-led coalition to take such a decision. This statement was made by adviser to the head of the defense Ministry of the country Ahmet Assery, according to Reuters.
Assiri noted that Saudi Arabia 2014 is an active participant in air operations conducted in Syria, the coalition led by the United States. According to him, aviation Saudi Arabia has conducted 190 air missions.
Advisor to the Minister of defence stressed that in order to effectively fight the group “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia), it is necessary to join the airstrikes with a ground operation. “The Kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that decide to conduct anti-terrorist coalition in Syria,” — said Asseri.
“In that case, if the leadership of the coalition reaches a consensus, the Kingdom was ready to participate in these efforts, as we believe that air operations are not the ideal solution, and need both and air and ground operation in Syria,” — said the adviser to the Minister.
The official U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby, responding to a question about the statement by the representative of Saudi Arabia said that the coalition generally supports the desire of the partners to participate more effectively in the fight against “Islamic state”, but this statement Assery he does not know.
“I didn’t want to make any comments until we have the opportunity to consider [the statement of adviser to the head of the defense Ministry of Saudi Arabia],” said Kirby.
The U.S.-led coalition, which includes more than 50 countries (including Saudi Arabia), conducts an air operation in Syria since 2014. However, at the end of last year, Riyadh announced the creation of its own anti-terrorist coalition. Established in Saudi Arabia coalition included 34 countries. Among them is Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. The Minister of defence of Saudi Arabia Salman al-Saud said that the coalition will confront not only ISIS, but also “any terrorist group”, which will be in front of her. He added that it would coordinate its actions with the major world powers and international organizations. Saudi Arabia is fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad and supports some opposition groups in Syria.