Middle East

Berlin won't join any military action in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, center, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talk at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin August 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN: Germany is in discussions with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in Syria but Berlin will not take part in any military engagement there, a foreign office spokesman said Wednesday.

Asked about Germany's views on a possible operation against ISIS in Syria the spokesman said: "of course we are discussing this subject with our allies including Washington... but Germany would not consider taking part in any military action in Syria."

"However, we will continue efforts to strengthen the democratic opposition in Syria," he added.





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