Egypt's Sisi says Erdoğan paving way for jihadists to enter Greece - Greek City Times

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has warned Greece and Cyprus that the EU countries could face a wave of Turkish-backed jihadists in the future,the Greek City Times reported on Saturday.

Turkey’s involvement in all regional conflicts and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “engagement and open use of the Islamic factor” pose a threat of jihadists to both countries, the new website cited Sisi as saying during a tripartite meeting in Nicosia earlier this week.

The leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt met on Oct. 21, issuing a joint statement that condemned what they called Turkey’s “illegal actions” in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s hydrocarbon exploration in the region’s internationally recognised Greek and Cypriot territorial waters has led to soaring political and military tensions.

Turkey is now recruiting Syrian mercenaries to send to the Greek border, GCT reported on Saturday, citing Abraham Kasparian, a Syrian-born Armenian journalist.

Turkey has reportedly deployed contracted Syrian fighters to support the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in war-torn Libya since Dec. 2019. Russia, France and Armenia have accused the Turkish government of recruiting and transferring Syrian mercenaries to Azerbaijan to support the country in its latest bout of fighting with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Clashes between Armenian separatists and the Azeri military began on Sept. 27.

Reports citing Syrian fighters have said the mercenaries are largely drawn from the ranks of the Syrian National Army (SNA), a collection of armed Syrian opposition groups Ankara used to secure its southern border against the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016, and later to push back Kurdish militias in northeast Syria in 2018 and 2019.