Moscow opens Syria's thorny files with Washington, Turkey transfers al-Nusra to Misrata

Moscow is preparing to open a wide range of thorny files with the US side, most notably the situation in Syria amid a dispute over the Iranian presence and the buffer zone, while the so-called demilitarized zone is witnessing fierce battles in the fronts

On Tuesday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the talks between Russia and US on the Syrian file.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The presence of Iran and the "buffer zone" at Lavrov and Pompeo table

In this regard al-Sharqa al-Awast newspapers published, "Moscow has prepared to open a wide range of files, including the situation in Syria with the American side during the comprehensive talks between the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo in his first visit to Russia since taking office."

The newspaper added, "It is expected that the discussions on the Syrian file will be difficult on the background of the accumulation of a number of controversial issues and the connection of some to regional situations such as the issue of the Iranian presence in Syria. The Russian media says that the approach to discuss the fileis based on the official position of Moscow on the need to exit foreign forces after achieving a "political settlement", while Washington states that Iran is "part of the problem and not the solution."

It made clear, "The most difficult discussions between the two ministers seem to be on the US presence in Syria, especially in al-Tanf region, and Washington's intentions to support the establishment of a buffer zone in the Syrian north. Moscow sees this move as a basis for dividing Syria, increasing tensions and impeding the launch of a serious settlement process. Russian sources says that Moscow's main concerns in this regard are related to Russian weights that Washington is quietly working to undermine the understandings between Moscow and Ankara."

Al-Watan: Jabhet al-Nusra failed to open Aleppo fronts... Army foils infiltration attempts and continues to advance in northern countryside of Hama

Al-Watan newspaper referred to the clashes on Aleppo's fronts and said, "Terrorist gangs with all their weapons, support and armed forces were engaged in a new desperate attempt to change the army's military plans northward, the army, which completed its advance and achieved more victories dominated on Monday other villages in the north-western countryside of Hama, and thwarted all the attempts of distraction brought by Jabhet al-Nusra and its allies to divert it from the goal of its main battle."

It added, "The army continued its military operation against al-Nusra and its allies in the north-western countryside of Hama, exterminated during its advance many terrorists in the vicinity of al-Mesasina village in the north-eastern countryside of Meharda, and extended its control over the villages of Tel-Hawash and al-Jabariyya after fierce clashes with the terrorists on several axes, including the axis of Harsh al-Karkat where Jabhet al Nusar and its allies suffered from heavy losses. The army also controlled the villages of al-Tawba and al-Sheikh Idris in the northwestern countryside of Hama in an intensifying bombardment by warplanes and artillery.  

Al-Rai newspaper: US plans to send 120,000 troops to Middle East if Tehran attacks US forces

On the Iranian issue, al-Rai newspaper quoted US officials as saying that there were American plans included the possibility of sending 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Tehran attacked the US forces.

Al-Arab: Foreign minister of the Libyan interim government: Turkey moves al-Nusra fighters to Misrata

Al-Arab newspaper said, "The Foreign Minister of Libyan interim government Abdel Hadi Hueij called for the international community's movement to stop Turkey and Qatar's support to the armed militias and political Islam organizations in the capital Tripoli, Misrata and the rest of the Libyan cities. In an interview with al-Arab following his visit to France, Hueij, who heads the Libyan Future Movement, said that what was required of the international community was to lift the arms embargo on the Libyan National Army, which fought terrorism on behalf of the world, and called on the Security Council to move to stop the military and financial support provided by Qatar and Turkey to the militants who controlled Tripoli. Hueij, who took over during the month of February, the Foreign Ministry in the government of Abdullah al-Thani, said that Turkey was conducting direct flights to the city of Misrata for the transfer of Jabhet al-Nusra fighters in Syria."



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