Press Titles ” 2019/2/10
This week, the Arab newspapers touched upon the developments of the Syrian file and the fate of the areas of north and east Syria.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: A meeting in Brussels to control normalization with Damascus
The Arab newspapers discussed several matters, the most important of which was the Syrian situation. In this context, al-Sharq al-Awsat talked about the ministerial meeting of the Arab and European counties in Brussels that touched upon controlling the Arab normalization with Damascus.
The newspaper added, “Reliable sources stated that some countries have stipulated the normalization process with Damascus to hold the Euro-Mediterranean summit and that major European countries will not accept that the joint summit would legitimate the decision of Tunis summit to normalize with the Syrian regime.”
Al-Arab: Al-Assad is an “enemy” whom Erdogan may resort to
About the possibility of reconciling Erdogan with the Syrian regime, al-Arab newspaper said, “The Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan left the door ajar to the possibility of restoring the relations with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. It has been seemed that Erdogan wants to retain the chances of all options to deal with this file amid concern about finding himself alone in his opposition to al-Assad in the light of the Arab openness to Damascus, and the expression of some powers of the idea of the remaining of the Syrian president, while they continue to use pressure to settle the change in the existing regime.
According to the newspaper, diplomats believe that despite the many differences between the Western powers and Russia on the Syrian file, there is a consensus not to allow Turkey to expand its influence in Syria, and strike the Kurds.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: A proposal to deploy 10,000 Arab and Kurdish fighters east of Syria
About the north and east of Syria, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted from diplomatic western sources that the head of the Syrian “Tomorrow Trend” Ahmed al-Jarba has offered to US and Turkish officials and the former Kurdish President Massoud Barzani to deploy about 10,000 Arab and Kurdish fighters in the “buffer zone” in northeastern Syria.
On the other hand, leaders of the «Units» questioned the possibility of the success of this proposal and continued their talks with Moscow and Damascus to reach arrangements after the withdrawal of America. For its part, Russia proposed the activation of the Syrian-Turkish Adana Agreement.
Al-Arab: The Sultan Erdogan leaves populism and begins to make concessions
Al-Arab newspaper said, “The Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan continues to launch strong slogans about his intention to establish a buffer zone, east of the Euphrates, even if it challenges the American presence, but behind the slogans, Ankara’s positions show a series of retreats, the most important of which is the Turkish concession to Russia whether about the road map of Manbij or the convergence with Damascus and recognizing that publicly.”
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Iran is rallying east of Syria to fill the American vacuum
In the same context, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, “Iran intensified the field movements to recruit elements of its militants, east of Syria in an attempt to fill the empty after the American withdrawal. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that an Iranian delegation visited al-Mayadin city, and urged the youths in the city and its countryside to return to their areas and join the ranks of Iranian forces.”
Al-Arab: Foggy fate awaits the east of Syria with a large number of aspirants to succeed Washington
Regarding the US withdrawal, al-Arab newspaper said, “The countdown to the withdrawal of the American troops from Syria has begun as the decisive hour against the organization of the Islamic state in the northeast of the country approaches. There is a state of unease and anxiety for the opponents and even the supporters of the withdrawal amid the lack of a clear strategy about the way of dealing with this vacuum and whoever is authorized to fill it.”