On Saturday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the situation in Idlib and the options of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in addition to the Libyan situation, and the spread of the Coruna virus.
Al-Arab: The Battle of Idlib: Erdogan and the dangers of repeating Saddam Hussein's experience
This morning, the Arab newspapers published on the Syrian issue focused several issues, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib and the Turkish options. In this context, PH.D. Khattar Abu Diab wrote an article published by al-Arab newspaper saying: "The situation has intensified in battles in northwestern Syria, and the Turkish army has suffered a great loss On February 27, it killed at least 34 Turkish soldiers, the largest of its kind since its direct participation in recent weeks, following the large-scale attack, with Russian supervision and participation, against the "Idlib pocket " and the implementation of the Sochi Agreement (Putin-Erdogan truce in September 2018) according to Moscow's vision .
Given the deadline set by the Turkish president at the end of February for the retreat of the Syrian army, which is besieging Turkish observation points in the region, Ankara finds itself in front of limited options because this crisis threatens Russian-Turkish relations in the event of a full-fledged conflict, and because US-Atlantic support is not guaranteed.
In order to avoid embarking on a wide adventure in northwestern Syria, perhaps mimicking Saddam Hussein's experience in Kuwait, the “New Sultan” prefers to make a deal with the “New Caesar” that saves face and allows to achieve a minimum of Turkey's security and strategic interests at his discretion.
And it depends on the plans of Vladimir Putin, who may bet on Donald Trump's preoccupation with his presidential battle to resolve the Idlib battle without indifference to Europe's fear of the repercussions of a humanitarian catastrophe that characterizes there, and from begging Angela Merkel to accept the holding of the four-way meeting (with Macron and Erdogan) to facilitate the exit from the impasse In a complex chess game, the Kremlin master mastered its details.
Erdogan fears in this equation a kind of trap set for him, in the event that the Idlib battle turns into a major crisis threatening the future of relations between Russia and Turkey, and makes the bet on the Eurasian option a loser in front of the Atlantic option, and puts the Turkish nationalism at stake.
For this reason, the coming days will be full of developments to surround the Turkish and Russian positions, and to monitor the possibility of arranging a new settlement in parallel with Moscow's continued strictness and the limited options of Ankara.
In this context, it seems that Moscow, anxious about drowning in the Syrian mud, is rushing to arrange matters before the American presidential elections, to avoid attrition and to turn its military victory into a political and economic achievement.
As for Turkey, which maneuver and expand its circle of intervention from east of the Euphrates to northwestern Syria, the eastern Mediterranean and Libya, it is trying not to lose by the Russian knockout because the Erdoganian dance on the tightrope between Washington and Moscow reached its conclusion, and options and knowledge of sizes must be adopted, otherwise every error is calculated, or all going away in imperial delusions can lead to a dangerous adventure hitting Erdogan's ambitions abroad and his position at home.
The tight rope between Putin and Erdogan will not be interrupted, despite the direct or indirect clash between the two countries in the Syrian north, while each party involved in settling scores on the Syrian scene is trying to achieve the greatest amount of gains, and the Idlib trap remains in the first place a humanitarian catastrophe Syrians pay for it amid the suspicious international silence.
Al-Bayan: The Brotherhood controls the Geneva path around Libya
Libyan, Al-Bayan newspaper said: "The Geneva meetings for political dialogue continued, with the participation of 18 members, and the absence of 22, while the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Counselor Aqila Saleh, invited members of the Council to attend the official session, which will be held Monday in Benghazi to discuss the implications of the political course of the Libyan dialogue, and the violations of the mission Internationalism towards the legitimate authorities representing the will of the Libyan people.
The Brotherhood and its political arm, the Justice and Construction Party and its allies, controlled the presence in Geneva, through the leader of the group, Abd al-Razzaq al-Aradi, and the leader of the party, Majda al-Falah, and the dissident deputies affiliated with the extremist movement, Muhammad al-Ra`id, Aisha Shalabi, Sayada al-Yaqoubi, and Omar Ghaith.
Also participating in the meeting is Taj al-Din al-Razqi, the security advisor to the head of the Accord Government, and an alliance with the Brotherhood, Abdullah Othman, who refused the representatives of the Fezzan region to represent their region in the dialogue, and the ambassador of al-Sarraj in Rabat Abdel Majeed Saif al-Nasr, who was nominated by the Brotherhood in 2018 to fill the site Musa Al-Kouni, who resigned from the presidential council.
Al-Sharaq al-Awsat: Corona is on the "Silk Road" ... and is severing globalization
Regarding the spread of the Corona virus, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "The new Corona virus continues to spread throughout the world, which prompted the World Health Organization to raise its level of risk to" very high ", and revealed that the number of infections reached 83,310, while 2,858 deaths were recorded.
Saudi Arabia announced yesterday the ban on entry of citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states to Makkah and Madinah, and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the ban was "temporary".
Despite the daily decline in the outcome of new infections in China, where the virus first appeared in December, "Covid-19" continues to threaten Shi Jinping's ambitious projects under the "Silk Road" plan.
Several infrastructure projects have stalled or slowed across Asia, from an artificial island project in Sri Lanka to the construction of a bridge in Bangladesh through hydropower projects in Indonesia, according to the French Press Agency.
The epidemic is paralyzing China's economy as a result of the isolation of tens of millions of people, while tens of countries impose restrictions on its arrivals.
This had direct consequences for China-funded projects in Asia, with material deliveries stalled, due to the severe shortage of Chinese labor.
With several countries across the world imposing strict isolation measures, and imposing an embargo on arrivals from countries where the disease has spread widely, such as China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Thailand and Japan, the globalization of intermittent actions has resulted in the cancellation of international economic, artistic and sports activities.
In light of this context of uncertainty, stock indices fell in the global markets, which witnessed its worst weeks since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, after losing more than $ 5 trillion, according to estimates.
In Iran, the spread of the virus disrupted the work of Parliament for the next week, while it continued to claim lives with the authorities recording 34 deaths in the second week of its spread, and the number of infections exceeded 380.