Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late on Thursday that if the US decided to launch a ground operation against Syria, Ankara would support the American move from the very beginning.
Speaking to the American NBC news, Turkish prime minister said the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and crossed the 'red line' drawn by the US President Barack Obama.
Erdoğan, who called on the US to take a bold action against the Syrian regime, hinted that if Washington launched a ground operation against Damascus, Turkey would agree to American troops on the ground in Syria.
Ankara, a vocal critic of Syria, has several times called on the international community to take robust action against its southern neighbor amid flow of refugees fleeing the war-torn country.
"We want the United States to assume more responsibilities and take further steps. And what sort of steps they will take, we are going to talk about this," Erdoğan said in remarks to the NBS News.
Erdoğan is set to meet with US President Barack Obama on May 16.