Saudis not willing to accept Assad continuing in power in Syria
Saudi Arabia is prepared to send troops to Syria if President Bashar Assad doesn't resign and leave his war-torn nation peacefully. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir warned Sunday that his country will take military action if Syria violates the terms of a ceasefire agreement.The Saudis sound tougher and more resolute than Obama or Kerry. The question is are they also willing to go to war with Russia too? They have shown they are willing to take on Iran's proxy forces in Yemen, but taking on Iran and Russian forces in Syria would be a real challenge for the kingdom.
“I believe that abiding by the truce would be an important indicator of the seriousness to reach a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis that would include setting up a transitional council and the transfer of power from Bashar to this council,” he said during a joint press conference with his Danish counterpart Kristian Jensen in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Al-Jubeir warned that Saudi Arabia has prepared a “Plan B." If “the coalition decided to send ground troops into Syria, Saudi Arabia is ready to contribute,” he said.
He had made similar remarks in the past, telling CNN last month: "Bashar al-Assad will leave — have no doubt about it. He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force."