On Wednesday morning, Arab press touched upon the crisis between Rami Makhlouf and al-Assad government, in addition to Turkish interference in Libya, and the American-Chinese tension.
Okaz: Bashar Makhlouf's war ... Who is the victor?
The Arab newspapers published this morning dealt with the Syrian issue with several issues, the most prominent of which was the dispute between Rami Makhlouf and the Syrian authorities. In this context, Okaz newspaper said, "The crisis raging between the Syrian businessman placed on the sanctions list, Rami Makhlouf and the head of the regime Bashar al-Assad, has crossed the red lines to the declared war, as the Syrian authorities issued yesterday (Tuesday) two decisions targeting the crippling of the movement of cousin of al-Assad, the first of which is the seizure of his movable and immovable properties, and the second is depriving him of contracting with all the institutions of the regime, for a period of 5 years, according to a document published by Ansar al-Assad, which states: : « According to the proposal of the Minister of Communications, which he submitted to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the day before yesterday, it was decided to deprive the so-called Rami Makhlouf from contracting with the public authorities, for a period of 5 years ».
After weeks of war of words regarding financial dues, which Makhlouf refused to pay, the Syrian Ministry of Finance announced a precautionary seizure of Rami Makhlouf's money and that of his wife and children.
Observers saw that the war of "breaking the bone" between Bashar al-Assad and the head of the economy in his country, which has been going on for weeks, will not end with a "happy" end.
Makhlouf came back and accused the regime to put pressure, stressing that the pressures always persist on him and even on the youngest employee, revealing that the authorities are seeking to force him to give up part of the revenue that is the right of the company’s approximately 6,500 shareholders, so those who are authorized to sign The company or its managers.
Al-Arab: Algeria and Egypt in front of the new Turkish neighbor.
Regarding the Turkish intervention in Libya, Al-Arab newspaper said, "It was not more than six months after the agreement with the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, which opens the door for its military intervention in Libya until Turkey tactically turned the war against the leader of the Libyan army, Field Marshal Khalifa Hiftar, but the most dangerous thing is that it changed the strategic game." In North Africa, amid Algerian and Egyptian amazement, this could prompt the two countries to move in any way to show their annoyance with the new Turkish neighbor on the borders.
Turkey's control of the strategic al-Wattia base (western Libya) cannot be seen as just a limited intelligence operation, which Ankara has finished through drones; The matter is greater than that. What happened led to Turkey acquiring strategic positions of influence in North Africa, enabling it to pose a threat to the security of countries such as Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan.
Analysts unanimously agreed that the countries of the region dealt with the Turkish intervention with an incomprehensible cold that expanded the idea of marketing that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to send weapons and mercenaries to Libya to limit the role of Field Marshal Khalifa Hiftar, without awareness that Turkish control will impose a new reality on Libya and the countries of the region in addition to European countries interfering in the Libyan file.
They pointed out that the Turkish President's plans to lay hands on Libyan oil and control the extended Libyan coasts would affect the interests of those countries and their security and international navigation security, as well as building an advanced platform to embody the dream of restoring the Ottoman Empire, noting that contentment was limited to rhetoric and resort to diplomatic pressure on Ankara. It will not change the situation on the ground, as is evident in the experience of Turkish intervention in Syria and the compulsion of the major powers to accept it as a fait accompli.
And "Al-Arab" learned from multiple Egyptian sources that the military option in Libya is not out of the question at all, until now, and Cairo will not slip into a war of unknown results in the western neighbor, especially in light of the complexities of the tribal structure in Libya.
The sources that Al-Arab spoke to confirmed that the collapse of al-Wattia base, and before it some coastal cities in western Libya, will have effects on the presence of the Libyan army forces in Tripoli, and these victories may tempt Turkey with more expansion to control al-Jafra base of great strategic importance. Noting that Egypt was not welcome with the step of Field Marshal Hiftar entering Tripoli, and that she had warned early on of its geographical and military difficulty.
It is widely believed that Egypt will not resort to military confrontation unless Turkish harassment affects its lands or direct interests, especially at the level of international navigation and the passage of ships towards the Suez Canal. Otherwise, Cairo will continue to press diplomatically on Turkey to push it to withdraw, taking advantage of the absence of any acceptableness to interfere Turkish people in the regional environment or in international institutions concerned with security and peace, and that maturing a comprehensive political solution in Libya will force the Turks to retreat and lose any legitimacy for their presence in the western region.
Egyptian sources told Al-Arab that Turkey’s battle is not with Egypt, but with the international powers that supported the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime to achieve its interests such as Italy, France and the United States, countries that will not accept Turkish strategic positioning that controls the waters of the Mediterranean and turns the presence in Libya into a pressure card blackmail.
And threatening the Turkish military presence by stationing at the base of al-Wattia or on the Libyan coast, southern European countries bordering the Mediterranean, in light of widespread fears of Russian-Turkish coordination in Libya.
It also threatens the national security of North African countries bordering the Libyan West, especially Algeria, which will not be satisfied with silence about Turkish concentration in a region that it believes represents the depth of its security, as Algeria maintains advanced security and economic relations with tribal and social activities in the border region.
And the new Algerian President, Abdel Majeed Taboun, has previously stressed that more than once, it is not possible to talk about a solution in Libya that excludes Algeria's interests, which means that Algeria will find itself forced to an urgent or future clash with Turkey to protect its national security.
Algerian observers said that the constitutional amendments that aim to liberate the Algerian army from old laws that prevent it from playing external roles may be a golden opportunity for Algeria to move freely to protect its national security, including in the Libyan depth, where the Turkish army and allied militias that are hostile to stable regimes are stationed in the area.
And pushing the deteriorating security situation in Libya, after the Turkish army entered the line of internal conflict, to justify the expected shift in one of the most prominent diplomatic and political constants of Algeria, related to the location and role of the Algerian military in the raging regional conflicts.
Observers point out that developments on the ground in Libya, especially after the Turkish intervention and its penetration of Libyan sovereignty under the name of the agreement with al- Sarraj government, reinforce the hypothesis of the proposals submitted by the Algerian legislator, regarding the tasks of the army in the next stage.
Although the Algerian annoyance may not go out in the current period from being mere statements, especially in light of the previous marketing of developed relations with Turkey, and in light of the strong influence of the Islamists on the official decision, for example by deliberately celebrating Ottoman history, Algeria will be compelled to deviate from courtesy neutrality in light of the increasing indications of the danger of the Turkish presence on the security of the country, whether from the intelligence side or from the use of the Islamists in attempts to adapt the authority to accept the Turkish presence as a matter of fact, which is inconsistent with the spirit of the Algerian anti-colonial revolution in its various forms and colors.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Trump renews accusation against China of causing pandemic
Regarding the spread of the coronavirus, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "US President Donald Trump renewed his accusation to China of causing the spread of the Coronavirus, threatening" the World Health Organization "to withdraw from it and stop its funding if it does not" make fundamental improvements "in 30 days.
Trump accused China of "lack of transparency and not allowing even experts and scientists access to its laboratories," and the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded, accusing the Trump administration of "trying to mislead and tarnish China's reputation."
Despite the Trump attack, the World Health Organization received international support yesterday; Its member states agreed to conduct an independent assessment of their response to the pandemic, adopting a unanimous resolution calling for a joint response to the crisis, and China, Russia, Japan and the European Union confirmed the organization's support.
To that, two British experts in epidemiology said yesterday that there are initial indications that children may not transmit "corona" like adults, but they warned that human immunity may not last long.