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Al-Sisi warns Greece & Cyprus: Watch out for Ankara’s “games” with Islamists

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Egypt has experienced and managed to face the insidious aggression of Ankara, with internal interventions but also interventions in other countries, causing chaos.

Erdogan has made no secret of his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, but also with other extremist organizations, which he uses as “Trojan Horse” to intervene in any state.

This time, the alarm bell in Athens and Nicosia for Islamist terrorism and the way it is part of Tayyip Erdogan’s plans is ringing by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

According to a confidential briefing by the President of Egypt to his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Anastasiadis and the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, published by the newspaper “TA NEA Savvatokyriako”, Cairo is particularly concerned not only about Ankara’s involvement in all regional conflicts, but mainly about the way in which the “sultan” now engages and openly uses the Islamist factor.

Thus, during the recent, 8th Tripartite Summit of Cyprus – Greece – Egypt, Al Sisi conveyed to his two interlocutors the message that this issue is extremely important for Egypt, asking them to keep it high on their diplomatic agenda.

The Egyptian President pointed out to the Greek and Cypriot leaders the message that this issue – concerning the battlefront in Libya, Egypt’s own internal security and the crucial control of the Islamists in the country and the wider region – is of great importance to Cairo.

In addition, Egypt is sending messages of readiness to Ankara, with exercises being held in the Black Sea with Russia.

According to Egyptian experts, the naval exercises are another step between Moscow and Cairo to demonstrate their capabilities, in an already “hot” region in which Turkey is now making its presence palpable.

According to Tarek Fahmi, a consultant and professor at Cairo University, “the joint naval exercises of Russia and Egypt are an eloquent signal to Turkey, which has colonial ambitions.

“It can also serve as a signal from Moscow that the Turks will not be allowed to invade areas of great geopolitical importance to the Kremlin.”

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have warmed, especially since the signing of a security and shipping memorandum between Ankara and Tripoli government last November, which was rejected by Cairo, Athens and many other Eastern Mediterranean countries.

“This exercise now sends a precautionary deterrent message to Turkey or any other country that threatens Egypt’s national security,” Fahmi said.

The question is whether Greece and Europe will take these warnings seriously and react to Erdogan’s insidious neo-Ottoman plans.

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