International forum reviews post-Daesh options, Erdogan's party splits

The International Forum on Daesh in northern and eastern Syria concluded its work in the presence of experts and academicians from Arab and Western countries, where they reviewed the options of the future and the political scenarios for post-Daesh era.

The Sudanese were likely to sign the power sharing agreement on Thursday, within Erdogan's party where one of the party's founders announced his resignation.

This morning, the Arab press discussed the results of the International Forum on Daesh, the Syrian security system and the security changes and the situation within the Justice and Development Party.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: An Arab-international forum in Eastern Euphrates concludes with a review of future options

Arab newspapers published this morning dealt with several topics in the Syrian issue, the most prominent of which was the results of the International Forum on Daesh which was held in the north and east of Syria. In this context, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper wrote, yesterday the work of the International Forum on Daesh concluded "Over three days, with the participation of over 125 academicians, experts and politicians and economic researchers from 15 countries, including the United States, Western and Arab countries, to review future options. "

"The lecturers discussed the political scenarios for the administration of the region at the post-Daesh "geographical and military" elimination period, which does not mean resolving the battle in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor eastern Syria, the end of the danger of the organization, in light of its ability to move sleeper cells in areas beyond its control and continued presence in the Syrian desert, as "Daesh" elements extend control of the desert pocket to the west of the Euphrates River, surrounded by the regime forces loyal to Assad, and the Iranian militia and «popular crowd» from the Iraqi side.

The newspaper added that "the participants in the sessions reviewed several aspects related to the heavy legacy left by the organization, especially the economic and social aspect. The lecturers focused on sources of funding and direct and indirect regional support, and its destructive repercussions on the economic policy of the region.

Al-Arab: Assad is making changes to the security services to reduce Iranian hegemony

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent changes in the security apparatus indicate a desire to reassure the Russian side on the one hand and to try to reduce Iranian hegemony over some of these bodies, especially the air intelligence service, which was run by General Jamil Hassan, on the other hand.

National Security Council Chairman Ali Mamluk was appointed as deputy head of security affairs, replacing the head of the National Security Council, General Intelligence Director Mohammad Dib Zaytoun.

While replacing Zaytoun, Major General Hossam Luka was appointed the head of the General Intelligence Chief of the Political Security Division, while Major General Nasser Ali became the head of the Political Security Division.

Nasser Ali, former head of the Political Security branch in Hama, was replaced by Safwan Issa, while Maj. Gen. Ghassan Jawdat was appointed to replace General Jamil Hassan as head of the Air Intelligence Directorate.

Arab political sources closely monitoring the Syrian situation say that abandoning Jamil Hassan, known for his strong personality and broad influence, indicates a desire to find a new balance within the security services in the interest of the Military Intelligence Division, which is headed by General Kifah Melhem.

Melhem is very close to the Russians, and there is no disrespect for his loyalty to Bashar al-Assad.

The political sources noted that all the changes that took place at the head of the security services turned towards the appointment of officers loyal to Bashar al-Assad, including the Circassian Hossam Luka, who became head of the General Intelligence.

Observers say that regardless of the multiple scenarios that have arisen about the reasons for the new security appointments, it is certain that they come in the context of the ongoing silent conflict between Iranian and the pro-Russian movement within the regime.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Sudanese agreement ready to be signed on Thursday

On the Sudanese issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said sources in Khartoum expected the signing of a power-sharing agreement on Thursday. A meeting was held between the transitional military council and the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change aimed at uniting the media discourse and organizing a promotion campaign for the agreement in the country's states.

A source in the «forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change» told « Al-Sharq Al-Awsat» yesterday, that the agreement drafting committee will hand over the final draft today, with the completion of consultations during the next two days to be the final signing on Thursday.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Erdogan's party splits... Babajan the latest departing

On the Turkish issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that "the fragmentation situation within the AKP, led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is worsening. Ali Babacan, one of the founders of the party and previously deputy prime minister, minister of economy and foreign affairs and minister of negotiations with the European Union, resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in preparation for the establishment of a new party with former President Abdullah Gul.

"It is regrettable that I cannot continue the founding membership of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)," he said in a statement announcing his resignation yesterday, and as of today (yesterday) I submitted my resignation at the party headquarters».

"There is a need for a new vision for Turkey that requires correct analyzes, strategies, plans and programs to rethink." Babacan said.



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