Hezbollah chief says Turkey, Saudi Arabia prefer war over political agreement in Syria | Reuters

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and Turkey favoured a prolonged war in Syria rather than agreeing to a settlement which would lead to President Bashar al-Assad staying in power.

Nasrallah also said the talk that the two countries, which support insurgents fighting to topple Assad, were planning to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State was a pretext for them to "to gain a foothold" there.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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