The newly formed Islamic alliance may provide ground troops to fight Daesh, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir revealed yesterday.
“The alliance will share intelligence and train, equip and provide forces if necessary,” he told reporters in Paris.
When asked if they would provide troops on the ground, the minister said “nothing is off the table”.
“It depends on the requests that come, it depends on the need and it depends on the willingness of countries to provide the support necessary,” he added.
Al-Jubeir expected the number countries who will join the new alliance to increase.
He described the alliance as “a sign of the Islamic countries’ commitment to the fight against terrorism.”
Early this week, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman announced the formation of a 34-nation Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.
Saudi state news agency SPA reported a statement saying the new coalition would have a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to “coordinate and support military operations”.
Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and several African nations have all joined the coalition.