KIRBY: RIYADH SUGGESTED OFFERING FORCES TO FIGHT ISIL IN SYRIA AND WE ARE SERIOUSLY STUDYING THE ISSUE

STATE-DEPARTMENT

According to U.S Department of State spokesperson , the meeting of U.S Secretary of State John Kerry with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir has tackled the importance of fighting and defeating ISIL, in addition to the latest terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia,

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Kirby said that the Saudi foreign minister had suggested providing military forces to the campaign against ISIL.

Al-Jubeir had also discussed with his U.S. counterpart means to reach a political transition in Syria, Kirby said, adding that the talks also tackled the situation in Libya and Yemen and the latest developments between Israel and Palestine.

The newspaper added that Kerry held an impromptu meeting with Al-Jubeir on Tuesday evening, during which the U.S. Secretary of State expressed his condolences to the victims of the terror attacks in Saudi Arabia.

Following journalists’ insistence, Kirby said during a press briefing that discussions concerning the Saudi assistance to fight ISIL were not new.

He said that both countries had previously discussed the matter, and would continue to do so. “It is not a secret that we are tackling efforts to fight ISIL, and Saudi Arabia plays a leading role in the alliance against ISIL. The Saudi authorities previously discussed such idea, and it would not be the last time they do so. These talks are serious,” Kirby said.

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