Steffen Seibert, German government spokesperson, on Monday, rejected an appeal by the United States government to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight the Islamic State terror organisation.
James Jeffrey, US’ Special Representative for Syria engagement and Special Envoy for the global anti-IS coalition, had appealed to Germany on Friday.
Jeffery had urged the government to support the troops led by the U.S in northeastern Syria, with the German Army’s trainers, logistics experts and technical assistants.
“We want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers,’’ Jeffrey told the German press agency (dpa) and the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
Seibert stressed that the German government would continue its current military contributions in Iraq to the anti-IS coalition.
As part of the international coalition against the IS, Germany’s tasks have included aerial reconnaissance, support via tanker aircraft and the training of Iraqi armed forces since the beginning of 2015.
“When I say that the German Government intends to continue its previous measures within the framework of the anti-IS coalition, then, as you know, this does not include ground troops,’’ Seibert said.
US President, Donald Trump, last December, announced the withdrawal of almost 2,000 American soldiers from northeast Syria.
Trump later said about 400 soldiers would remain in the area.