​​​​​​​Panorama of the week: Syrian airspace turns into a Western conflict arena

Fears are rising that the Syrian airspace will turn into a Russian-Western conflict arena, in light of the maneuvers carried out by Moscow and the Damascus government forces.

​​​​​​​Panorama of the week: Syrian airspace turns into a Western conflict arena
9 July 2023   01:54

During the past week, Arab newspapers covered the Syrian issue and the Egyptian-Turkish relations

New Russian friction with American and French planes over Syria

The beginning of the Syrian issue, and in this regard, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: “The United States announced on Thursday-Friday night a new air accident with Russia over the Syrian airspace, in the second such incident in two days, which raises fears of an unintended confrontation between the two countries. the two parties, especially in light of the extensive maneuvers that the Russian and Syrian forces are currently carrying out in Syria.

And the US Air Command said, in a statement, that a Russian plane again (on Thursday) flew in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner in confrontations with American and French planes over Syria. And it continued, “We fully support our French allies in the right to carry out security missions over the region.”

Will the nomination of the two ambassadors expedite the presidential summit between Egypt and Turkey?

We remain in Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, which wrote about Turkish-Egyptian relations: “After successive rounds of consultations, Egypt and Turkey announced (Tuesday) that they would raise their relations to the level of ambassadors, in a step experts described as an important step.” They described it that it “might accelerate” the holding of the summit. The expected meeting between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a decade of downgrading diplomatic relations between them to the level of charge d’affaires, following the overthrow of the Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt in 2013.

The foreign ministries of the two countries issued two simultaneous statements about the move, and Cairo nominated Ambassador Amr Al-Hamami as its ambassador to Ankara, and Turkey nominated Ambassador Salih Mutlu Shen to lead its diplomatic staff in Egypt. Al-Hamami was appointed Chargé d'Affairs to Egypt in Turkey in August 2019, while Mutlu Shen was appointed Chargé d'Affairs to Turkey in Egypt in April 2022.

Egyptian Senator Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed believes that the next step may be a summit meeting between the presidents of the two countries. “To deal with two basic issues, namely: the Libya crisis, and the eastern Mediterranean gas file, as the interests of the two countries in the two issues do not witness harmony.”

T/ Satt.