SAUDI ARABIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Saudi Foreign Minister said his country is ready to send forces to Syria.
According to the news agency Tasnim, which refers to Saudi television, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (April 17th) announced its willingness to send troops to Syria, “with other countries”, if there has a proposal in this sense.
“We are in contact with the United States and have been since the beginning [in 2011] of the Syrian crisis,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Joubeir told a joint press conference with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Riyadh.
Al-Joubeir claimed that Riyadh had made a proposal to the Obama administration on this subject, saying that “this is not a new idea”.
He was actually reacting to an article in the US Wall Street Journal . Referring to American officials, the American business daily recently wrote that the United States intended to replace their contingent in Syria with an Arab force.
The newspaper said the United States has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to release billions of dollars “to turn north of Syria.” According to the Russian news agency Sputnik who reported the news, according to officials, “the White House also wants the Arab countries to send their troops to the region.”
The Americans claim that their initiative aims to avoid “a security vacuum in Syria that would allow Daesh to return to the region.”
These allegations were publicized as Saudi Arabia, already embroiled in the Yemen conflict and facing a serious budget deficit, forced economically weak countries like Sudan to join the war coalition against Yemen, shimmer bundles of petrodollars.
Foreign mercenaries in Riyadh pay are currently stationed along Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen. Yet, Yemeni fighters have always been able to counter the aggression of the Riyadh-led coalition.