On Tuesday morning, Arab newspapers focused on the talks between Damascus and the Trump administration, in addition to the tension in the eastern Mediterranean, and the Lebanese crisis
"American movement between Damascus and Beirut"
The beginning of the reports that talk about negotiations between the administration of US President Donald Trump and the government of Damascus, and in this context Al-Arab newspaper said: “Officials of the US administration confirmed that officials of President Donald Trump's staff visited Damascus earlier this year seeking the release of at least two Americans. The United States believes that the government of President Bashar Al-Assad is holding them. "
The leaks coincided with a visit by the Director General of the Lebanese Public Security, Abbas Ibrahim to Washington at the official invitation of the US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, during which he met with a number of security officials, amid reports that the purpose of the visit is to present the demands of the "Syrian regime" for the release of the supposed American hostages.
The US official, who did not want to be named, said it was Cash Patel, a deputy aide to President Donald Trump and the most senior counterterrorism official at the White House, who visited Damascus last August.
"This symbolizes the extent to which President Trump makes the return of Americans detained abroad a major priority," the official added, confirming a report in this regard published by the Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper quoted informed sources as saying that the visit of the Lebanese Major General Abbas Ibrahim to Washington to discuss the issue of Americans detained in Syria has made little progress in light of the conditions set by Damascus.
The Syrian government wants to exploit the need of US President Donald Trump for an achievement that he will bring to the American voter a few weeks before the elections, and Damascus places the evacuation of the Al-Tanf base as one of the main demands for cooperation in the file of the disappeared Americans.
"Greece prepares to confront the Turkish provocations"
Regarding the situation in the eastern Mediterranean, Al-Bayan newspaper said: “The Greek army raised the alert in the Mediterranean yesterday to confront "any Turkish provocation,” while Greek media indicated that Athens is preparing, on the diplomatic and military levels, for a prolonged crisis in the Aegean and the East. The Mediterranean, while an Egyptian, Greek and Cypriot summit will be held tomorrow in Nicosia, to discuss means of cooperation and coordination on enhancing security and stability in the eastern Mediterranean, in light of the Turkish provocations.
"The drums of war have receded in the region"
Regarding the escalation in the region, An-Nahar newspaper said: “On the starting line of the negotiations to demarcate the borders between Lebanon and Israel that began days ago, and in parallel to Mashhad in Yemen, nearly a thousand people were released according to prior negotiations without talking about the rams going on in Iraq for the benefit of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazimi at least. So far, what diplomatic observers can confirm is that there is no US-Iranian war in the region or an escalation of tension, especially after the UAE and Bahrain announced normalization with Israel, and no Iranian-Israeli war is also possible.
The drums of war have receded knowing that the conflict over gas and energy sources is raging according to the Turkish provocations in particular, but whatever the considerations behind the Iranian performance and whether it is bowing in the face of the storm or preempting the next stage, the approaches seem to have entered another, unexpected context.
We are not heading to a major confrontation, at least according to these indicators, given that the south was and still is the quietest since 2006, but the flare-up has subsided even with regard to the Israeli targeting of Iran and the party’s sites in Syria at last, whose president appeared in recent weeks after retreating to say that normalization with Israel is linked to the return of lands Occupied. Perhaps this is related to his flirtation by Washington to keep him away from Iran in asserting that what matters to the United States is to change the behavior of this regime and not to change it, especially with its obvious preparations for normalization with Israel.