The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, “believes in a radical Islamic solution to the problems in the region and the fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy, and Turkey keeps getting a slap on the hand, but they get off the hook”, writes His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan in a leaked memo.
It is the British newspaper, The Guardian who published the memo from King Abdullah. The memo is around one-year-old, and much has happened since the King of Jordan claimed that Turkey sends terrorists to Europe as part of state policy. Jordanian embassies in London and Washington did not comment on the leaks.
The leaked memo indicates the US lawmakers were personally briefed by His Majesty King Abdullah in January 2016 about plans for Jordan’s special forces to operate in Libya alongside with British SAS-troops. The memo also states that His Majesty met with US congressional leaders which include John McCain and speaker, Paul Ryan.
Six years of fighting in Syria have dramatically affected the Kingdom of Jordan, which has taken in more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, and His Majesty has repeatedly called for decisive action to end the conflict. His Majesty the King has said, “The problem is bigger than the Islamic State, this is a third world war, and this is Christians, Jews working with Muslims against outlaws.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan early this month. Security issues dominated the talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and King Abdullah. Mrs May said Britain had benefited from a rich history of co-operation with the Middle Eastern Monarchy.
“There are many subjects on which, I’m sure, we are going to be speaking, particularly recognising the long tradition of working together and the co-operation that we have between the United Kingdom and Jordan, and the historic ties that we have,” said Mrs May to the press following the visit.