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The king of Jordan accuses Turkey of preparing the jihad in Europe

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On the 11th January 2016, king Abdallah of Jordan took part in a Washington meeting with the members of three senatorial commissions (Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Army). According to David Hearst - ex-journalist for the Scotsman, then the Guardian, and current chief editor of the Middle East Eye – who had been able to consult the minutes of the meetings, the king apparently accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of having organised the wave of migrants towards Europe, and to have deliberately included jihadists in their number.

Concerning Syria, the king apparently affirmed that Turkey is working for a solution based on religious belief, which goes against the efforts of Jordan.

The king apparently confirmed the responsibility of Turkey in the traffic of oil stolen by Daesh. Noting that the Turkish Army is training the Somali army, the king apparently accused Turkey of controlling the jihadist groups not only in Syria and Iraq, but also in Libya and Somalia.

Finally, the king apparently questioned the European promise [now implemented by the Summit of the 17th and 18th March] to pay 3 billion Euros to Turkey to help it deal with the refugee crisis. He noted the disproportionate character of this aid, implying that the Europeans were indirectly financing Turkish ambitions.

Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe”, David Hearst, Middle East Eye, March 25, 2016.

Translation
Pete Kimberley

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