LONDON – Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Thursday his country would be willing to send troops to Iraq, potentially becoming the first Arab state to do so.
“Now there is an Iraqi interim government and a fully independent process very soon in Iraq. I presume that if the Iraqis ask us for help directly it would be very difficult for us to say no,” Abdullah said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. television “Newsnight” program.
“Our message to the president or the prime minister is: Tell us what you want. Tell us how we can help, and you have 110 percent support from us.
“If we don’t stand with them, if they fail, then we all pay the price.”
Abdullah said he had not discussed sending troops with the new Iraqi government.
“I would feel that we are not the right people,” he said. “But at the end of the day, if there is something we can provide, a service to the future of Iraqis, then we’ll definitely study that proposal.”