News ID: 255497
Published: 0313 GMT July 08, 2019

Germany rejects Trump's call for ground troops in Syria

Germany rejects Trump's call for ground troops in Syria

Germany on Monday rejected demands by the United States to deploy ground troops in Syria, a stance likely to anger President Donald Trump who wants Chancellor Angela Merkel to commit to a bigger military role in the Middle East.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Daesh group.

“When I say the government envisages sticking to the current measures” in the anti-Daesh coalition, “this includes no ground troops, as is well known,” Reuters quoted Seibert as telling a regular news conference.

German media reported over the weekend that the US envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground troops to the anti-Daesh coalition led by the US.

Seibert said Monday that "Germany has for years made a considerable and internationally recognized contribution" to the coalition that includes training Iraqi troops, doing aerial reconnaissance and refueling allied aircraft.

He says Germany favors continuing its existing coalition functions and "it's known that this doesn't include ground troops."

Seibert said Berlin is discussing with allies the future military and civilian efforts needed to stabilize the region and how the responsibilities will be divided among participating countries.



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