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

"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)