Germany says no cooperation with Assad forces against DAESH

German Defence Ministry says they will not cooperate with Assad forces in fighting against DAESH clarifying that Germany’s call for broader alliance does not include Syrian regime forces

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German Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff speaks in a press conference at the federal press office in Berlin, Germany on October 13, 2014

After having announced plans for being more actively in the fighting against DAESH terrorist group in Syria, Germany ruled out any cooperation with forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime on Monday.

German Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff told reporters that Germany’s call for a broader alliance against DAESH and cooperation among other actors in the region did not include the Syrian regime forces.

"There will be no cooperation with Assad, and there will be no cooperation with the forces which operate under the command of Assad," Flosdorff said at a press conference in Berlin.

After his remarks, speculations took place in German media in recent days that the German government was considering to participare Syrian regime forces in the international coalition against DAESH.

In recent months, German government has stepped up its diplomatic efforts for a political solution in Syria after it faced a mass refugee influx due to the Syrian conflict and the involvement of DAESH.

German Deputy Government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz said on Monday that Germany supported the formation of a transitional government in Syria through the Vienna talks for a political solution adding that Syria should avoid a total collapse of state structures.

German Deputy Government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz speaks during a media conference at the federal press office in Berlin, Germany on July 8, 2015 (AA)

"For the German government, Assad himself cannot be part of a long-term political solution in Syria," Wirtz also said at the press conference.

After deadly Paris attacks, Germany also decided to playing a more active military role in Syria, sending reconnaissance jets, a tanker aircraft and a warship to the region to back France air strikes against DAESH.

Flosdorff said on Monday that military advisors recommended sending up to 1,200 military personnel as part of their planned mision underlining that it had not yet been decided.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet will decide on the conditions of the mission on Tuesday.

Local media sources reported that annual cost of the mission was expected to be around €134 million ($142 million).

Germany has so far avoided to play an active military role in air strikes against DAESH but trained Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, which have cleared several areas of DAESH in Iraq such as Sinjar province near Mosul in recent days.

German government has recently decided to provide military support for France which needs to be approved by the parliament. However, Parliament’s decision already looks assured because Merkel’s coalition partners hold an overwhelming parliamentary majority.

TRTWorld, AA