Arab press: Crisis of confidence between Damascus, Tehran; Haftar prepares to head a structure that rules Libya

Observers saw that the recent meeting between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not end with an agreement because of crisis of confidence between the two parties and Assad's inclination for the Russian side, while sources revealed that Haftar is preparing to head a new executive structure governing Libya, while Lebanese demonstrations have expanded.

On Thursday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon a meeting with Bashar al-Assad with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in addition to the Libyan situation, and the Lebanese demonstrations.

Al-Arab: talks behind two masks

Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several topics, including the recent visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to Syria. In this context, Al-Arab newspaper published an article by the Iraqi writer Faruq Yusuf, in which he spoke about this, saying, "I was impressed by a picture that brought together Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif wearing two masks ... ".

According to the writer, "Bashar al-Assad was symbolically defeated with the first death in peaceful protests in 2011, and his real defeat occurred when he handed over the keys to the Syrian cities and villages to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its militia, led by the Lebanese Hezbollah, which worked hard to sectarianism the events.

And if Assad had expressed on several occasions his thanks to Iran because it had contributed to the Syrian massacre, then when he turned to the Russians to protect his regime from the collapse that was imminent, he practically pulled the rug from under the feet of the Iranians.

It was a smart but late move, says the Iraqi writer.

Al-Assad has discovered that if the Russians make Syria a region of their influence, they will not devour it as do the Iranians who had preceded his Russian hope and dominated many regions in Syria, some of which are located in the vicinity of the capital with fabricated sectarian reasons because they are not based on a firm historical foundation.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Waiting for the army's announcement of a "transitional period" in Libya

In Libya, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "Libya is awaiting an imminent announcement from Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the" National Army ", regarding the details of the coming stage, amid continuing reactions locally, regionally and internationally regarding his announcement accepting the" popular mandate "to take over, and also amid questions about the fate of Accord government, headed by Faiz al-Sarraj.

Informed sources said that Haftar is scheduled to announce, at a later time, an official statement in which he talks about the establishment of a new executive structure, represented in a council he chairs, that takes power within a transitional stage that may take at least two years.

The sources pointed out that Haftar’s announcement would end the term of al-Sarraj’s government as illegal and did not win approval from the House of Representatives, which is based in the city of Benghazi (east), but it will be retained until new parliamentary elections are held, and the sources, who requested not to be identified, continued that Haftar will ask the international community to recognize the new stage, as it is the only official voice for the Libyan people.

Al-Bayan: Lebanon's protests is expanding, severe differences between government, bank

On the Lebanese issue, Al Bayan newspaper said, "The circle of protests in Lebanon has expanded to include several regions, after it was concentrated in the last hours in Tripoli, north of the country, in refusal of high prices and manipulation of the dollar exchange rate, which reached its highest levels.

While Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that "the government's economic and financial plan will be studied by the cabinet this week", in light of the deterioration of the price of the lira, while the Governor of the Banque du Liban rejected government accusations of causing a financial and monetary crisis in the country, stressing that the central bank provides transparently its disclosures and data.

As protests spread across most cities, video clips circulated showing scenes of fire at the ATMs of a number of banks in Furn al-Shabak area in Beirut.



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