King Abdullah expressed concerns that the terror group had been re-establishing itself over the past year in south-eastern Syria and western Iraq. He made the claims in a sit-down interview with France 24 in Amman.
King Abdullah of Jordan has warned that the ISIS is regrouping and is once more on the rise in the Middle East.
King Abdullah expressed concerns that the terror group had been re-establishing itself over the past year in south-eastern Syria and western Iraq, the dailymail.co.uk reported.
“We have to deal with the reemergence of ISIS,” the king said, adding that it was a ‘major concern’, the report said.
He added that many foreign fighters in Syria have made their way to Libya.
His comments come months after ISIS was ousted from its final stronghold in Syria.
He made the claims in a sit-down interview with France 24 in Amman, during which he also discussed US tensions with Iran, the stalled peace process between Israel and Palestine, and the conflict in Syria.
“From a European perspective, with Libya being much closer to Europe, this is going to be an important discussion in the next couple of days,” Abdullah said.
“Several thousand fighters have left Idlib (Syria) through the northern border and have ended up in Libya, that is something that we in the region but also our European friends will have to address in 2020.”
Meanwhile, the ongoing tension between Iran and the US, Abdullah said he hoped that “in the next several months we set the right tone for the region, which is really to bring the temperature down,” the dailymail reported.