Amman: Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday said that the Bashar-al Assad regime in Syria is just about to collapse but warned that a jihadist state could emerge in the region after the fall of the regime.
Giving an interview to Associated Press, King Abdullah II warned that a jihadist state could emerge on his northern border in Syria with Islamic extremists trying to establish a foothold in the neighboring country.
“Syrian President Bashar Assad is beyond rehabilitation and it was only a matter of time before his authoritarian regime collapses.,” he said adding that Jordon was against foreign military intervention.
He warned that radicalization of Syria, together with the deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, could ignite the entire region.
“Another extremely dangerous scenario is the fragmentation of Syria, which would trigger sectarian conflicts across the region for generations to come,” he said. “And also the huge risk that Syria could become a regional base for extremist and terrorist groups, which we are already seeing establishing firm footholds in some areas,” the king added.
“The most worrying factors in the Syrian conflict are the issues of chemical weapons,” the king said adding that he had been warning regarding the use of chemical weapons since the beginning of the crisis,” he said.