BERLIN - Germany is in discussions with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State in Syria but Berlin will not take part in any military engagement there, a foreign office spokesman said on Wednesday.

Asked about Germany's views on a possible operation against Islamic State in Syria the spokesman said: "of course we are discussing this subject with our allies including Washington... but the chancellor said a few days ago that Germany would not consider taking part in any military action in Syria."

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"However, we will continue efforts to strengthen the democratic opposition in Syria," he added.

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