kingdom's offer to send ground troops into Syria as an "irreversible decision, Brig. Assir Says

Friday 1437/5/3 - 2016/02/12
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RIYADH, Jumada I 03, 1437, February 12, 2016, SPA -- Brigadier General Ahmad bin Hassan Asiri, the Military Advisor to the Minister of Defense, asserted that the decision of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to send ground troops into Syria is an "irreversible decision."

This came in remarks made by Brig. Gen. Asiri to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting of the international coalition to counter ISIL (Da'esh) which was held at the headquarters of NATO in Brussels on Thursday.

Asiri said that the details will be discussed by the committees during upcoming meetings in order to determine how to participate, the mechanism and the size of forces. He pointed out that this comes within the framework of the international coalition to counter ISIL (Da'esh) and also the Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, which will be led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Asiri added that the kingdom's initiative to send ground troops as part of the international coalition to counter ISIL (Da'esh) and the military operations which the kingdom will participate in were discussed, explaining that the Deputy Crown Prince gave the US side a detailed idea on the Islamic Military Alliance and its four aspects (intellectual, financial, media and military).

Asked about the readiness of the Islamic Military Alliance to counter terrorism, Brigadier Asiri said that there is a road map for the alliance and the diplomatic efforts have been completed, pointing out that efforts is currently carrying out to establish a coordinating center, and to hold a conference of the chiefs of staff of participating States to discuss the concept of the Islamic military alliance.

He added that a meeting of the defense ministers to put the final touches to this alliance will be held at the end of March or beginning of April.
--SPA
03:37 LOCAL TIME 00:37 GMT