Arab press: Damascus government is failing to solve the fuel crisis, new Egyptian blow to Erdogan

The Damascus government has failed to try to alleviate the fuel crisis, as the capital's streets are almost empty of cars, while Cairo has officially turned into a natural gas capital in the eastern Mediterranean region, in a new blow to Erdogan, while everyone is wondering about the fate of the agreements between Turkey and Sarraj.

Today, Arab newspapers discussed the fuel crisis in the areas controlled by the Damascus government, in addition to the tension in the eastern Mediterranean, and the agreements between Turkey and Fayez al-Sarraj.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The streets of Damascus are empty of cars, amid a rise in the prices of vegetables and fruits

The Arab newspapers published this morning on the Syrian issue dealt with several topics, and in this context Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: “The measures taken by the Syrian government recently have not succeeded in alleviating the crisis of the availability of petrol in their areas of control, which led to a significant decrease in the movement of cars in the streets Damascus doubled the prices of vegetables and fruits, and public car drivers exploited citizens.

And after car drivers needed between 15 and 20 minutes to pass the streets in the center of Damascus, which are known to be very crowded, the movement of cars in them decreased by an estimated 60 percent with the continued crisis of gasoline availability that afflicted cities under the control of the government since the beginning of September, and the driver can now pass it in a few minutes.

Despite a recent change by the government, the period for filling gasoline on the "smart card" for all vehicles with the aim of reducing congestion at gas stations, so that the filling period becomes one time, 30 liters for each private vehicle, with a 7-day difference from the last sale, according to its monthly allocations (100 liters). And once for each public vehicle, with a 4-day difference from the last sale, after the difference was 4 days, the congestion at gas stations in Damascus has only decreased by an almost negligible rate.

Car drivers confirm to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that they still spend long hours and perhaps a whole day to obtain 30 liters at the subsidized government price (225 Syrian pounds), while some of them resort to buying from the black market at prices of 2500-3000 pounds per liter.

Al-Arab: To deter Turkey, first ... transforming the Mediterranean Gas Forum into an international organization

Regarding the tension in the eastern Mediterranean, Al-Arab newspaper said: "The Allied countries have moved under the cover of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum to a more realistic stage after announcing the transformation of this project into a regional organization that is supposed to face Turkish harassment, and will formally transform Egypt into the natural gas capital in the region."

Representatives of Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel concluded, in Cairo, on Tuesday, an agreement to officially convert the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum into a regional organization, and the representative of Palestine missed a meeting that took place through video conferencing.

This step is an important development for Cairo in its multifaceted dispute with Ankara, as the former has achieved a strategic goal that enables it to become a regional energy center and a major gas capital in the eastern Mediterranean region, and gives it preferential advantages due to its good infrastructure in this field.

Observers say that the members of the fledgling organization will strengthen their cooperation in the direction of interest in electrical interconnection projects by extending cables from Egypt under the waters of the Mediterranean to go to some European countries, which strengthens the idea of ​​cooperation in all forms of energy available, and benefit from the abundance that countries have in feeding poverty in countries Other.

But this move also constitutes a blow to the ambitions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who tried to disrupt this cooperation by all means and methods, as his country signed two naval and security memoranda of understanding with the Libyan Government of National Accord months ago to use them as a pretext for exploration operations there.

Al-Bayan: What happened to al-Sarraj's agreements with Erdogan?

Regarding the Libyan issue, Al-Bayan newspaper said: “Whether in Turkey, Libya or neighboring countries, there has become a question that imposes itself strongly, since the President of the Presidency Council in Tripoli, Fayez Al-Sarraj, announced his intention to resign from his post before the end of next October, which is what fate will be for the agreements, which He concluded it with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led to the opening of his country's gates to the Turkish forces, and thousands of mercenaries, who were transferred from northern Syria to the Libyan west?

The Turkish side and its allies in Tripoli are trying to confirm that the agreements remain after al-Sarraj, as they are signed by the government, and observers point out that the Turkish regime relies in its exaggerated confidence in maintaining its agreements with al-Sarraj, on the power of armed militias in its orbit, as well as on the role of the extremist movement and terrorist groups Which has strong relations with it, and some of its symbols reside in Turkey, including the Mufti of Terrorism, Sadiq al-Ghariani, and the leader of the terrorist fighting group, Abdul Hakim al-Hajj.

These observers believe that the centers of Turkish influence in Tripoli have pushed Sarraj over the past months to appoint dozens of senior officials affiliated with her in the security, military, financial and economic decision-making departments in Tripoli, to ensure the preservation of Turkish interests in the country.



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