The Arab newspapers addressed, during the past week, the situation in Idlib and the Russian-Turkish differences, in addition to the crisis of the Iraqi government formation and the collapse of the price of American crude oil.
Middle East: "Astana Parties are preparing for a virtual trilateral summit
The Arab newspapers that were published during the past week addressed several issues on the Syrian crisis, most notably Astana meetings, al-Sharq al-Awset newspaper said in this context, "Foreign ministers-level talks of Russia, Turkey and Tehran resulted in pushing for holding a summit for the presidents of Astana parties to discuss the next steps in Syria in terms of developments on the field and political situation and the Constitutional Committee work, which is currently postponed due to the circumstances of the spread of the coronavirus.
The most important result of Wednesday's ministerial meeting, held through CCTV, seemed to be the agreement to launch joint work to hold the summit, which was supposed to be held in Tehran last month, and was postponed indefinitely due to the circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak, and the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement that said that the dates of the new presidential summit of the Astana related-countries, "will be determined later."
Although the indicators proved a common desire for a normal summit not online in its agreed place in Tehran, reported by the Russian "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" newspaper, but Russian circles suggested that the talk of accelerating steps to conduct the meeting via a CCTV due to likely prolonged wait for the virus and its heavy repercussions in the three countries. The sources pointed out that the tendency to accelerate holding the summit was mainly because of the necessity to maintain coordination within the framework of Astana's axis as differences among its members return to the public.
Al Bayan: Erdogan's captive mercenaries in Benghazi and dead bodies on the "return trip"
In the Libyan affairs al-Bayan newspaper said, "Either prisoners at the hands of the army or dead bodies transferred to Idlib's areas of Turkey and the occupied areas of northern Syria, others were buried in the Libyan territory, the fate of Erdogan mercenaries in the wind of Libya's war, where they face daily death or arrest on land they do not know its nature and were not aware of what was waiting for them.
The Libyan National Army said it had transferred a number of prisoners to Benghazi yesterday, including arrested Turkish mercenaries in the south axis of Tripoli and southeast of Misrata.
The Military Information Division explained that the army transferred a group of Turkish mercenaries to Benghazi to fight along with the militias of Tripoli, adding that the third batch arrived, the first reached before yesterday.
Brig. Gen. Khalid Mahjoub, the director of the moral guidance department of the Armed Forces said that the first investigations with the mercenaries proved the role of the Turkish regime in recruiting and transferring them to Tripoli and Misrata, and revealed the operating Turkish experts' plans in western Libya to try to target the positions of the National Army, adding that most of the mercenaries belong to terrorist ISIS and al-Qaeda who were recruited in Syria's Idlib and Aleppo.
On the ground, the «Al Bayan» learned that the General Command of the Libyan National Army directed during the past two days huge military reinforcements to what sources described as the "known place" without specifying, other sources suggested that it aims at liberating the west coast cities from the clutches of Turkish-backed mercenaries and to speed up liberating Tripoli.
Al-Arab: Does Al-Kadhimi save the Iraqi state from the power of the Islamic Da'wa Party
In the Iraqi affairs, al-Arab newspaper said, "Negotiations to form a new government in Iraq revealed a significant decline in the influence of the Islamic Da'wa Party, which had monopolized power between 2005 and 2018. The "Arabs" learned from relevant sources to the negotiations of forming the government of prime minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi that Nouri al-Maliki's Da'wa Party will get one ministry in the new cabinet.
The sources revealed that the ministry granted to al-Maliki's Party will not be sovereign or significant, after the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political forces kept for themselves the important portfolios. The sources indicate that Al-Maliki is considering to nominate one of his sons- in-law, Hussein al-Maliki or Yasser Sakhel, to fill this portfolio, deepening the crisis of the Da'wa Party since 2011.
Al Sharq al-Awset: Oil bleeds... Saudi Arabia and Russia indicate taking some measures
"Global oil prices keep on bleeding under the major shock of U.S. crude when May contracts reached a historic high of $37 per barrel," al-Sharq al-Awsat said.
The major countries announced their support for the markets, as Saudi Arabia confirmed yesterday that it is closely monitoring the conditions of the oil market, indicating its readiness to take any additional measures to stabilize the oil markets, and the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Cabinet «confirmed the kingdom's keenness to stabilize the oil market, and its commitment with Russia to implement the targeted reductions for the next two years, and continue to monitor market conditions and prepare to take any additional actions in partnership with OPEC members and other producers."
Russia also noted at actions with the Kremlin saying yesterday that contacts could be made among the world's top producers to discuss a production cut agreement if necessary.