Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operation in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu says Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operation in Syria to fight against DAESH terrorist organisation

Photo by: AA
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al Jubeir (R) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) attend a joint press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 31, 2016.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Turkey may partake in a ground operation with Saudi Arabia in order to fight against DAESH terrorist organisation in Syria.

Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to journalists from local media outlets on the plane following the International Syria Support Group meeting that was held in Munich.

Stressing that there is an intensive cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia in many areas, including defence industry and strategy, Cavusoglu said “We have supported the initiative Saudi Arabia has offered to create a coalition and military force against terrorism. There will be intelligence sharing, troops and other elements. If applicable, we think it can be useful so we give our support.”

Cavusoglu also gave signals for a ground incursion which Saudi Arabia and Turkey have found necessary from the beginning of the conflict.

“In every coalition meeting, we say that an extensive, decisive strategy is needed in order to fight against DAESH. There must be a ground incursion too. If there is such a strategy, Turkey and Saudi Arabia may partake in a ground offensive,” he added.

Regarding fight against DAESH, Cavusoglu said “Saudi Arabia is now sending aircraft to Turkey. They came, they made exploratory study in the base. They also said Saudi troops can also be sent, if needed. This is an indication of their commitment to the fight against terrorism in Syria.”

“The number of jets they will send is yet to be determined” he added.

Cavusoglu also emphasised that 65 country who support anti-DAESH coalition should clear the terrorist organisation with air and land operations instead of hiding behind the terrorist organisation [PYD].

Turkey considers PYD as Syrian extension of PKK which is recognised as terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU.

TRTWorld and agencies