Skip to comments.Jordanian King Adbullah makes surprise appearance in Chechnya
Posted on 06/19/2014 11:04:45 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Moscow (dpa) - Jordanian King Abdullah made a surprise visit to the Russian North Caucasus region of Chechnya Thursday, a trip billed as building up ties, but widely believed to be focused on interlinked issues of security and migration.
Abdullah was greeted at the airport of the regional capital Grozny by Chechnyas Moscow-appointed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, and other local officials.
Kadyrov said on his Instagram page that the visit was supposed to widen cooperation between Chechnya and Jordan.
Observers suggested that the king discussed security issues with Kadyrov. Jordan has a significant community of ethnic Chechens stemming from 19th century emigration from the Russian empire, while Chechens are thought to make up a significant proportion of Islamic State fighters, who are currently spreading unrest in Iraq.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - currently waging offensives in Syria and Iraq - claims that up to 2,000 fighters in both regions are from the Caucasus.
Kadyrov, who has been battling Islamist insurgents in Chechnya and neighbouring regions, has in the past vehemently denounced Chechen jihadists in the Middle East.
Moscow strongly backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict in Syria.
Abdullahs visit is highly unusual because foreign leaders usually do not visit Russian regions without stopping in Moscow before.
Western officials have avoided Chechnya altogether in recent years because of Kadyrovs image as a ruthless strongman. Human rights organizations accuse him of torturing and killing dissenters at home and abroad.
Abdullah left Chechnya after only a few hours and arrived in Kazakhstan Thursday evening, the Jordanian Royal Court said. The King is expected to begin talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday.
It is all lining up just as foretold. There will be little or no resistance to the Islamists in the end. They will morph into a new Caliphate and set their sights on the destruction of Israel.
I don’t see our homo-sexual anti-Semite resident doing anything to prevent it.
It is God’s will I suppose, everything Odingo does is just running out a videotape God saw before the creation of the Heavens and the Earth.
Good men who would attempt to stop it though I would think would be lauded ever more highly by God.
Jordan has a very large population of Chechens, many of whom who serve in high level positions within the Jordanian government and Army. They were exiled by Stalin after World War II and are integrated into Jordanian society, and so there are naturally close ties between Jordan and Chechnya. So there’s no big surprise here.