On Monday morning, the international newspapers touched upon Turkish moves in the area, as well as to the Iranian elections, and the spread Corona virus.
Al-Arab: Erdogan paints Syria and Libya within the new map of Turkey
Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several topics, the most prominent of which were the Turkish moves in Syria and Libya. In this context, the Arab newspaper said: "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew a new map for his country, and included Syria and Libya as historical parts of the Ottoman Empire."
Erdogan sent dangerous political signals about considering Libya and Syria as spheres of influence or a part of the new Turkey, and that the Turks lost it after World War I and it is now time to restore it.
The Turkish president, who does not hide his expansionist ambitions to restore the Ottoman Empire, spoke of what Turkey calls a new independence war in Syria and Libya.
Erdogan is promoting his expansionist ambitions in an effort to change the equation at the international level, and he does not hesitate to say that: “The successes and victories that the Turkish people will achieve will change the course of history once again.”
Erdogan aspires, in individual actions, to inspire the institutions of the collapsed Ottoman Empire, to expand Turkey's influence from the Balkans to the Caucasus, and from Africa to Europe, and compete with China for regions with a strong Muslim presence, and NATO openly challenges the United States and the West in the Mediterranean, Libya and Syria.
The Turkish approach became clear in the early years of the Syrian war, by providing support to ISIS from under the table, covering the opposition of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and by storming the borders, chasing the Kurds, and invading the country.
In Libya, an agreement was concluded with the government of Tripoli, backed by the militia headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the agreement included a memorandum of understanding that would allow Turkey to bypass Cyprus and explore fossil fuels in gas fields up to the Gulf of Sirte.
In the latest adventure in Turkish foreign policy, Erdogan opens his country a path to Somali waters to explore for oil and to the coast in order to conclude economic, political and religious agreements.
However, the Italian writer Marco Ansaldo, who specializes in Turkish affairs, describes Erdogan as the new sultan who did not inherit from the Ottoman Empire its vision or skin, but is today above a volcano in the Middle East.
Ansaldo said: "Arrogance and systematic violation of international laws have nothing to do with justice and respect for the rules of the diplomatic game. The master of the Bosphorus, who fills the world with screams in every international forum, has become the focus of everyone's attention, but they look at him hardly."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The lowest turnout in Iran since the revolution
On the Iranian issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: "Iranian Interior Minister Abdul-Ridha Rahmani Fadli announced yesterday that the turnout in the legislative elections that took place on Friday reached 42 percent, the lowest level since the 1979 revolution."
The guide, Ali Khamenei, justified the low rate of voting by "negative propaganda for enemies" about the outbreak of the "Corona" virus in the country, and said that this propaganda: "started two months ago and increased significantly before the elections."
Tehran registered the participation of one million and 841 thousand voters, or 25 percent, to register the lowest participation in the elections after the 2008 parliamentary elections, in which the conservatives won a large majority.
The Ministry of Interior announced the results of 95 per cent of the 208 constituencies, and the governors won 223 out of 290 seats, while the reformist and moderate reformist movement supporting President Hassan Rouhani won 16 seats and 36 seats went to the independent representatives.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: "Corona" is expanding ... and fears it will turn into a "global pandemic"
Regarding the spread of Corona virus, the Middle East also said: "The spread of infections with the new Corona virus, officially known as" Covid-19 ", has raised fears of it becoming a global epidemic, with the number of infections in Italy exceeding the threshold of one hundred, and Iran recording 8 deaths, and raising Korea Southern alert level after confirmed cases doubled to more than 600.
The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, considered the epidemic in his country: "the most serious health emergency in China since the establishment of the Communist regime in 1949," acknowledging the existence of "gaps" in the anti-virus campaign.
In Iran, the death toll rose to eight yesterdays, the highest toll outside China, prompting neighboring countries to close their borders with the country to contain the epidemic.