Turkey Says Military Ground Operation in Syria Not on the Agenda

Such move would need to include all countries in U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says.

Turkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, outside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, Turkey, July 24, 2015.
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REUTERS - A military ground operation in Syria by Turkey and Saudi Arabia is not on the agenda and any such move would need to involve all countries in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

Russian air strikes were the biggest obstacle to achieving a ceasefire in Syria, Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. He said the Syrian opposition, which said on Saturday it had agreed to the "possibility" of a temporary truce would meet in Riyadh on Teusday.