The chief of the Egyptian General Intelligence Agency (GIS), Abbas Kamel, secretly
visited several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in recent days. The
subject on the agenda was Turkey.
Kamel’s meetings were aimed at establishing an intelligence alliance between Egypt
and other nations and to pave the way for closer military cooperation that would
counter Turkey's increasingly aggressive designs in the region, unidentified sources
in Paris told The Arab Weekly.
Kamel is said to have described Turkey’s plans as "the most dangerous for the Arab
region since the accession to power of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan".
Kamel presented highly sensitive information on Turkish activities, including operations
in Libya and Syria and developments regarding Turkey’s military presence in Qatar
and the Horn of Africa, the sources said.
The top Egyptian intelligence official is said to have discussed sensitive information
about Turkey's strategy in the Middle East and Africa and its new plans for intelligence
and military deployment.
Among Turkey's immediate goals, he said, was to cultivate more local proxies and
human intelligence assets to expand Ankara's influence and its leverage in future
negotiations with the Europeans, Russians and Americans.
Kamel is reported to have succeeded in achieving one main goal of his tour: clinching
an agreement on creating a high-level "joint operations room" that would include
high-level representatives of the security services of countries interested in combating
the Turkish plan.
The sources did not disclose the names of the countries visited by Kamel but said
that many had expressed similar suspicions about Ankara's tactics and their willingness
to contribute to any coordinated effort that would prevent any further Turkish military
build-up in the region.
Kamel was appointed head of the GIS in 2018. He previously served as President Abdelfattah
El-Sisi's chief-of staff.