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The Syrian regime said on Saturday that foreign soldiers will be returned home in coffins
ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Sunday that they are ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition against the Islamic state.
"Our position all along was that in the operation against the Islamic state should be involved ground forces," said Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash at a press conference in Abu Dhabi. "We're not talking about thousands of soldiers."
He added that "American leadership in that" will be condition UAE would send soldiers.
By this Emirates linked to Saudi Arabia, which on Thursday said it was ready to join any land operation in Syria if anti-jihadist coalition decides so.
Saudi offer was accepted by United States, but the Syrian regime said on Saturday that foreign soldiers will be returned home in coffins.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, which is an ally of the Syrian regime, assessed that Saudi Arabia will not dare to send land troops.
"Any ground intervention in Syrian territory without the consent of the government would be aggression which would have to provide resistance," said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem at a news conference in Damascus.
"Let none think of aggression against Syria or violation of its sovereignty, because we will, being they Saudis or Turks, sent home in coffins," he said.
The minister also said that the ceasefire is not possible until the establishment of control over the border with Turkey and Jordan, over which arrives assistance to the rebels.
The Syrian regime considers militants, rebels and jihadists as "terrorists" paid by regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.
The Russian military has announced in addition to that it has "serious reasons" to believe that Turkey is preparing a "military intervention" in Syria, warning of accumulation of people and equipment at the border. Ankara has rejected such allegations as ridiculous.
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