Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubayr said that at the moment there is a discussion of the possible ground operation in Syria, reports Reuters. According to him, Saudi Arabia is ready to send to combat “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) spetsnaz.
“Around the issue of the conduct of the US-led coalition ground operations in Syria against ISIL is a discussion. And Saudi Arabia has expressed its readiness to provide its special forces, if such operation will be approved,” the Minister said. He did not specify how many military Saudi Arabia is ready to send to Syria.
Adel al-Jubayr, made this statement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry. The main topic of the negotiations, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
Earlier last week, Saudi Arabia declared its readiness to take part in ground operations in Syria against militants of the “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia). Later the same statement was made by the United Arab Emirates. In both countries mentioned that will go for it only if you support the US-led coalition, which operates in Syria.
The statement of Saudi Arabia has caused harsh reaction from Damascus. Deputy Prime Minister and foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the foreign aggressors who would invade Syria, will be returned home “in coffins”. “Any ground invasion on Syrian soil without the consent of the Syrian government will be considered as aggression, which must resist every Syrian citizen,” said the Minister.
Later The Guardian with reference to sources in Riyadh, wrote that Saudi Arabia might be sent to Syria to participate in a land-based anti-terrorist operation, several thousand special forces that will operate in coordination with the Turkish military. According to the newspaper, Riyadh and Ankara have created a body responsible for coordinating military action.