November 14, 2015 / 6:44 PM / 2 years ago

Saudi Arabia to continue support Syrian rebels if Assad does not leave

VIENNA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday that his country would continue to support Syrian rebels if President Bashar al-Assad could not be removed through a political process.

Rebel fighters form the Democratic Forces of Syria, use a walkie talkie and a tablet near the al-Hawl area where fighting between them and Islamic State fighters are taking place in south-eastern city of Hasaka, Syria November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

“We will support the Syrian people,” Adel al-Jubeir told journalists on the sidelines of international Syria peace talks in Vienna.

“We will support the political process that will result in (Assad) leaving, or we will continue to support the Syrian opposition in order to remove him by force.”

Reporting by Ayat Basma and Karin Strohecker; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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