Arab newspapers touched on the negotiations between Washington and Ankara over the so-called safe zone in addition to the tension in the Gulf region and the successive economic crises in Turkey.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: the failure of negotiations between America and Turkey on "safe area" in Syria
The Arab press was busy this week with the follow-up of the US-Turkish negotiations on the safe area in Syria. In this context, the newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said: "Ankara revealed the failure of the round of talks conducted by US Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, for three days to make any progress on the agreement on the details of the proposed safe zone north-east of Syria. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that the new US proposals on the safe area do not satisfy Turkey, accusing the American side of procrastination.
While sources in the US State Department refused to comment on Jeffrey's visit to Turkey, ministry spokesman Michael Lavalley said Washington had repeatedly reiterated that dialogue was continuing with the Turkish government to address its legitimate security concerns in northeastern Syria. "With regard to the issue of the city of Manbij in particular, we have accelerated our joint efforts and continue to make progress in the road map, which reflects our mutual cooperation on the issue."
Al-Arab: Before the escalation, Turkification in Idlib and expelled from Istanbul
In a related context, Al-Arab newspaper said, "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preoccupied with the US escalation with Iran to carry out a military adventure east of the Euphrates, where the areas controlled by the Kurds of Syria supported by the US, at the time reveal reports and testimonies on the operation of a large-scale Turkification implemented by Ankara in the Syrian areas under its control, as well as under the control of its agents of the Syrian opposition.
In parallel, Ankara began a plan to expel thousands of refugees after their paper was used in several contexts including the pressure to accept Turkey as a key player in any future solution in Syria, as well as blackmailing Europe and obtaining substantial funds to control the wave of refugees.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Commander of the "Syrian Democratic Forces" meets an American delegation east of the Euphrates
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that a meeting was held in the city of Ain al-Arab (Kobani) with US General Kenneth Mackenzie, commander of the Central Command of the International Coalition Forces, and William Robak, US special envoy to the International Coalition Forces, with Mazloum Abdi, and the leaders of the "Kurdish People and Women Protection Units".
Al-Arab: Erdogan waving a military solution on the anniversary of the division of Cyprus
On the tension between Turkey and Cyprus, the tense relations between Cyprus and Turkey over 40 years ago about the division of the Mediterranean island have escalated over the issue of gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus after Ankara decided to conduct exploration, Turkey seeks to become a major player in the energy field after the discovery of huge fields of gas in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years. "
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press statement that the Turkish army would not hesitate to take steps such as those taken 45 years ago when it comes to the life and security of the Turkish Cypriot people.
Al-Arab: Erdogan holds public finances the burdens of his friends' debts
On the Turkish issue, Al-Arab newspaper said: "After a long series of twisted procedures to patch up the large financial gaps in the budget indices, a new danger emerged: the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trying to pass new legislation to ease the debts of its allies and transfer its burden to the empty public finances."