On Wednesday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the launch of the Astana Today course between Turkey, Russia and Iran, statements by former Turkish President Abdullah Gul about the Turkish elections and the Union of Libyan Tribes to confront Turkish ambitions in Libya.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: A tripartite summit of "Astana Guarantors" to control coordination and advance the path of settlement
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with the Syrian issue on several issues, the most prominent of which was the holding of a tripartite summit for the guarantors of Astana. Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran are conducting a new round of talks today, via closed-circuit television, in the framework of the consultations of the parties of the" Astana track " According to Russian sources, the research focuses on "resetting the hours between the three parties against the background of field and political developments."
The Kremlin confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold negotiations with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Iranian Hassan Rouhani “focused on the Syrian file.” Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement that “the Kremlin can confirm the data on the holding of talks,” while a Russian source told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that the accelerating developments that have taken place in recent months now require direct consultations between the three presidents, aimed at coordinating positions and developing common perceptions of the next stage. Syria is among the reasons that increase the importance of coordinating positions in this difficult stage. It added that "among the important political developments is the entry into force of the American Caesar Law, and the increasing need to launch an effective political path."
A Russian diplomat pointed out that the last stage witnessed a worsening of the situation regarding Syria, and that the implementation of the "Caesar Law" was accompanied by the launch of organized media campaigns that "I intentionally recently interpreted Russian actions in a way that harms the priorities of advancing the political process."
He said that «the meetings that are taking place with the various parties are normal, and Russia is keen to hold talks with all parties wishing to do so», noting that the Russian diplomatic mission received a request from activists to hold the meeting recently and fulfilled this request, and clarified that «a lot of speculation was circulated about the meetings that It took place with Moaz al-Khatib and with a delegation of Syrian activists in Geneva, and these data are unfounded, and Russia does not work to hold meetings or organize new dialogue conferences, but rather seeks to advance the path of the settlement by activating the work of the Constitutional Committee and in the framework of implementing Security Council Resolution 2,254 with all its components » .
Al-Arab: Erdogan's early warning to Gul: Our date is elections
On the Turkish issue, Al-Arab newspaper said, "Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent strong signals to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will not leave him the stage empty, especially after he led the country to a severe economic and political crisis and toppled the dreams of the leaders who worked with him for years.
Turkish observers and politicians promised that the Erdogan's opponents' front started to expand to include yesterday's friends, at the highest level, and that the policy of escaping forward would leave him without political support.
And ex-Turkish President Abdullah Gul went out of his silence, criticizing the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and warning of the biggest danger currently facing Turkey, also accused Erdogan of running the country with conspiracies.
Gul criticized in an interview with the newspaper "Decision" loyal to former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and one of the most important opponents of Erdogan's policy, the Justice and Development Party and the way of managing Turkish state affairs, contending that the greatest threat currently facing it is the accumulation of external and internal debt, the decline of the economy and the continued collapsing of the local currency.
Gul stressed the seriousness of the decline in freedoms in the country due to the repressive practices of the Turkish regime against opponents and journalists, and it is indicated in this context that the Turkish president used the failed coup attempt in the summer of 2016 to tighten his security grip on the state and liquidate his political opponents.
Nisreen Nas, a researcher in Turkish affairs and former head of the Motherland Party, said that Gul's words should not be more than an early warning to his former ally Erdogan and his party, and that the growing and widespread anger among supporters of the Justice and Development Party about the way he runs Turkey is nearing a boiling point.
The former Turkish president remained silent during the past years, and he spoke only on rare occasions, the last of which was last February, when he criticized the presidential system in Turkey and its foreign policy, and Erdogan did not escape the criticism of his former comrade.
Gul joins in his new criticism to many of Erdogan's comrades who defected from his party, after they saw that Turkey entered a "dark tunnel" because of the President's policies. "
Al-Bayan: Sirte united Libyans to confront Turkish threat
As for Al-Bayan newspaper, it talked about the unification of the Libyans to confront Turkey and said, "The oil-rich city of Sirte has reunited the Libyans again. After the solidarity to defeat ISIS and extremist militias, which was seeking to spread chaos and corruption, here is today the Libyans gather under the banner of facing Turkey's interference and support the army to maintain national sovereignty.
Responsible sources told Al-Bayan that hundreds of leaders, dignitaries and notables of the Libyan tribes in the eastern region, as well as the west and south of the country, decided to hold a rally meeting in the Egyptian city of Sidi Barani to address the Turkish intervention, the declaration of Sirte and al-Jafra as a red line, and the call to disband the militias, and return to a table Political dialogue. The recent movements and stances of the Libyan tribes have met with increasing speculation that they will play an important political role in the coming stage, especially in light of the escalation of Turkish intervention and the failure of military options in Libya, and the complexity of the political crisis inside the country.
The Libyan tribes are seeking to map out the features of the next stage by engaging in preparing a political vision for the post-Fayez al-Sarraj government, which has become clear that it has mortgaged itself and surrendered its shaky authority to Turkey.