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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jordanian king said concerned over “Turkish-Qatari-Egyptian axis”

Jordanian king said concerned over “Turkish-Qatari-Egyptian axis”BBC Monitoring Middle East
December 14, 2012

 Jordan`s King Abdullah (R) meets with a tribal leader during his visit to northern Badia April 12, 2012. REUTERS

Report by Muhammad al-Najjar from Amman: “King concerned over Turkish-Qatari-Egyptian axis; Jordan fears Islamist regime in Syria

King Abdallah II of Jordan has expressed concern over the Egyptian-Turkish-Qatari axis, which he said started forming after the Arab spring. He said that Saudi Arabia also has fears over this axis, according to leaks about his meetings with Jordanian figures. Politicians and media persons who attended the meetings, which brought together the king with nationalist and leftist figures at the residence of one of his former advisers and a former minister in the past few days, revealed Jordanian concern over this axis, which is allied with the rising Muslim Brotherhood [MB] groups in the Arab world.

According to the same sources, the king described the Turkish position as “sectarian,” saying that Turkey is not defending the freedom of the Syrian people as much as it is hostile to the Syrian regime from a sectarian point of view. He expressed concern over the “Qatari interference” in Syria, saying that Jordan fears that Syria might join the new axis.

He expressed fear that an Islamist system of government might be set up in Syria. He spoke about Saudi concern over the level of Qatari intervention in Syria. The king revealed in some of these meetings Jordan`s refusal to interfere in Syria.

He also spoke about Jordan`s refusal to transport military assistance to the Syrian opposition, saying that the regime in Syria has collapsed financially and economically, but “it can survive militarily for two more years.” He spoke about a new Arab axis that includes Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

In the last meeting, which brought together the king with leftist figures who belong to the “Jordanian National Movement” the day before yesterday, the king attacked Egypt, which he largely blamed for the economic crisis of his country as a result of the stoppage or decrease in Egyptian gas.

Khalid al-Kalalidah, head of the Social Left Movement, who attended the king`s first meeting last Saturday, said that the king`s concern over the Turkish-Qatari-Egyptian axis is due to disregard for Jordan and the effort to bring Syria into it. He added: “The king expressed this concern, but he did not speak at all about being hostile to future Syria if Islamists rule it.”

The Inside and the Brotherhood

On the internal front, the king of Jordan defended the recent decisions on raising prices, which he described as necessary. He said that the price of a gas cylinder would go back as it was if the pumping of Egyptian gas resumed.

He said that he is “personally targeted” by the rising MB groups in the Arab world. He accused the MB of Jordan of being part of the group in the Arab world.

In a meeting attended by Nahid Hattar, a writer and political analyst, who is known for his continuous attacks on Islamists, the king described the Jordanian left as a “rising power.” The king said that he is a “leftist when it comes to health, education, and social security,” but that he belongs to the “right” when it comes to the army and armament. The king heard direct criticism over lack of seriousness about fighting corruption. Some of the attendees even went to the extent of criticizing him and informing him that his popularity declined in the street and that the situation is delicate, according to the leaks.

The king informed the attendees that he needs the support of Jordanians at this stage, which he described as extremely delicate, especially with regard to Jordan.

Khalid al-Kalalidah, head of the Social Left Movement, said that the king seemed aware, more than any other time before, of the internal and external situation. He added: “This time, it seemed to us that the person who was talking was King Husayn, and not King Abdallah II.” He said that “he did not show bias towards any side. We did not feel that he was attacking the MB.”

Source: website, Doha, in Arabic 12 Dec 12

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