King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe at a top level meeting with senior US politicians in January.
The king said Europe’s biggest refugee crisis was not an accident, and neither was the presence of terrorists among them: “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”
Asked by one of the congressmen present whether the Islamic State group was exporting oil to Turkey, Abdullah replied: ‘Absolutely’.
Abdullah made his remarks during a wide-ranging debriefing to Congress on January 11, the day a meeting with the US president, Barack Obama, was cancelled.
According to a detailed account of the meeting, the king went on to explain what he thought was motivation of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Abdullah said that Erdogan believed in a “radical Islamic solution to the region”.
He repeated: “Turkey sought a religious solution to Syria, while we are looking at moderate elements in the south and Jordan pushed for a third option that would not allow a religious option.”
The king presented Turkey as a part of a strategic challenge to the world.
“We keep being forced to tackle tactical problems against ISIL but not the strategic issue. We forget the issue [of] the Turks who are not with us on this strategically.”
He claimed that Turkey had not only supported religious groups in Syria, and letting foreign fighters in, but had also been helping Islamist militias in Libya and Somalia.
Abdullah claimed that “radicalisation was being manufactured in Turkey” and asked the US senators why the Turks were training the Somali army.