FM Çavuşoğlu: “Turkey And Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the ISIS”
After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was “ready to send both jets and troops” to Turkey’s Incirlik air base, Saturday’s edition of the Yeni Şafak newspaper quoted him as saying.
“Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land,” he added, the paper said.
Çavusoğlu did not specify the number of troops or jets, or the timing of a possible Saudi deployment, but said exploratory visits have been made.
The base is used by the U.S.-led coalition in the campaign against the Islamic State group.
“At every coalition meeting we have always emphasized the need for an extensive result-oriented strategy in the fight against the (Islamic State) terrorist group,” the newspaper quoted Cavusoglu as saying.
“If we have such a strategy, then Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation from the land,” he added.