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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the key role in the fight against terrorism belongs to the Muslim leading powers, such as Saudi Arabia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday that a key role in the fight against Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) rests with Saudi Arabia.

    Earlier in December, Saudi Arabia announced the establishment of a 34-nation Islamic coalition to fight terrorism in the Middle East, including against Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

    "The key role [in the fight against terrorism] belongs to the Muslim leading powers, such as Saudi Arabia. Therefore it is good that the Islamic countries want to fight terrorism together."

    Steinmeier told the news publisher Funke Mediengruppe.

    Recently, Germany has been deploying military aircraft in Syria and helping with reconnaissance tasks. The decision followed the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, for which Daesh claimed responsibility, that left at least 130 people dead.

    Steinmeier also defended the German campaign in Syria, but rejected the possibility of a ground anti-terrorist operation.

    "I completely agree with [German Vice Minister] Sigmar Gabriel that no German troops will fight against ISIL in Syrian territory," the German Foreign Minister added.

    Earlier this month, Gabriel said that the aim of Germany's mission in Syria was to prevent extremists from advancing, adding that military action alone would not resolve the conflict. He also ruled out the deployment of German ground forces in Syria, saying that a much clearer UN mandate would be required to legalize the move.


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