On Saturday morning, Arab press focused on the situation to Idlib, in addition to the Lebanese crisis, and the Emirati-Israeli agreement.
Al-Bayan: Terrorist attacks in Idlib suspend "joint patrols"
The Arab newspapers published this morning on the Syrian issue covered several topics, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib. In this context, Al-Bayan newspaper said: “The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia and Turkey have suspended the joint military patrols that they are carrying out on the (M4) highway in the Idlib region in the north. Western Syria due to the increasing militant attacks in the region. "
Russia and Turkey began these patrols in March after they agreed to a ceasefire in the region following weeks of clashes that brought Ankara and Moscow closer to a direct confrontation, and displaced nearly a million people.
The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the recent attacks by "extremists" were the reason for the suspension of patrols.
She added in a press conference: “The terrorists escalated the bombing of government forces and the nearby residential areas, and continued their provocations in the (security corridor) along the (M4) highway. Accordingly, the joint patrols were suspended.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: An American-French match on the upcoming Lebanese government
On the Lebanese issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "The American and French positions on the form of the next" neutral Lebanese government that expresses the aspirations of the Lebanese people "coincide, while the US Congress called for" the cessation of Hezbollah's hand. "
The US Under Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Hale warned of the negative repercussions resulting from the neglect of international interest in Lebanon after the Beirut port explosion, calling for the formation of a neutral and independent government of technocrats, according to politicians who met him in Beirut and spoke to Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
Informed sources with President Michel Aoun's meeting with Hill said that the American official focused on the government and stressed the need for it to reflect the aspirations of the Lebanese people. As for the French position, it came from the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, who called during her inspection of the devastated Beirut Port for the formation of a government capable of making decisions brave, Parly conveyed a message to Aoun from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron yesterday (Friday), confirming that he will visit Beirut in early September.
Al-Arab: International praise of the Emirati-Israeli agreement marginalizes the Turkish-Iranian auctions
Concerning the Emirati-Israeli agreement, Al-Arab newspaper said: “The positions of the international welcome and praise by most countries of the world were overwhelmed by the Israeli-Emirati agreement under the auspices of the United States, over Turkish and Iranian auctions and the escape of the Palestinian Authority forward, while the positions of the Sultanate of Oman and Bahrain in the Gulf and Egypt were distinguished in the Arab world with supportign the Emirati decision.
"Observers considered that the Turkish position was" distinguished by wit, "as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to cut ties with the UAE, and the official media and the Turkish government attacked the Emirati decision, while Ankara maintains full diplomatic relations with Israel and maintains wide industrial and commercial relations with it. Israel provides its military and manufacturing expertise to Turkey.
Iran repeated its usual talk about Israel, using the opportunity to announce the agreement, to attack the UAE, in a position that did not surprise the countries of the region.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel view Iran as the main threat to the Middle East. The tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fueled speculation that common interests may push the Saudis and Israel to work together, and in recent years there have been indications of a somewhat thaw between the two sides.
As part of the agreement with the UAE, Israel agreed to suspend plans to annex parts of the occupied territories, but the Palestinians said that the announcement shocked them and expressed their rejection of it.
Analysts see the sudden Emirati-Israeli agreement announced Thursday a strategic push that strengthens the UAE's position in the region and the world, and could place it ahead of Saudi Arabia, its powerful neighbor and ally, especially with regard to crucial relations with Washington.