King of Jordan warns of the return of ISIS and Turkey sending forces to Libya

The Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, warned that ISIS is regrouping in the Middle East, and stressed that Turkey's deployment of its forces in Libya will lead to more confusion.

"My concern during the talks that I will have in Europe will be what we witnessed during the past year of the return and re-establishment of ISIS, not only in southern and eastern Syria, but also in western Iraq," Jordan's King Abdullah II said in an interview with France 24 TV channel.

"We must deal with the resurgence of ISIS," he added, stressing that this "is a threat to all of us not only in the region, but also to Europe and the rest of the world."

The Jordanian monarch pointed to the exit of foreign fighters from Syria and their repositioning in Libya, stressing that "from the European perspective, because of Libya's proximity to Europe, this will be the focus of an important discussion in the next few days."

The king added that "several thousand foreign fighters have left Idlib (northern Syria) and ended up in Libya, and this is something that we all in the region and our friends in Europe must confront in 2020."

On the escalation of tension last week between Iran and the United States, the king expressed his hope that "in the next few months, we will correct the direction in the region, by seeking to calm and reducing tension."

He said, "Until now, there seems to be calm, and we hope this trend will continue, as we cannot tolerate instability in our region, which affects Europe and the rest of the world."

The Jordanian monarch stressed that "what is happening in Tehran will affect Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut, and the process of achieving peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis."

On the other hand, in response to a question about Turkey sending troops to Libya, the king said, "This will create more confusion."

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