This week, the Arab press addressed international statements on the demand for Turkey and Iran to leave Syria, the situation in Sudan and Libya, and the repercussions of the Libyan elections.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Moscow intensifies contacts with Ankara to "settle" Idlib's situation
"The Russian foreign ministry announced that Moscow and Ankara have taken a joint action to end the situation in Idlib and warned of the repercussions of the continuation of the attacks of Jabhet al-Nusra, on Syrian government sites."
Al-Arab: Ankara-Moscow convergence is pushing Washington to strengthen its support for the Kurds of Syria
"Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a closed meeting on Monday for more than two hours focused mainly on the Syrian file and Turkey's desire to launch a new military operation in this country aimed at the Kurds east of the Euphrates, as well as US pressure on Ankara to buy the Russian air defense system "S400".
Observers point out that "the Turkish president in the event of preference for cooperation with Russia will find himself in direct confrontation with the United States, and the confrontation will be costly for him in terms of the possibility of Turkey to further economic shocks, as well as that Washington will be in a solution of any reservation to support its Kurdish allies in the north-east of Syria to establish their dream in self-rule similar to the model of northern Iraq. "
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: "Syrian Democratic Forces" require Turkey to leave Afrin before negotiations
"The commander-in-chief of the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, has set two conditions for accepting negotiations with Turkey during the post-elimination phase, one of which is the departure of the Turkish army from Afrin in northern Syria," the newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported.
Al-Hayat: Kurdish official 'Russia has blocked talks with the Syrian government'
In a related context, al-Hayat newspaper said, "the Kurdish official involved in the political track Badran Ciya Kurd said that the efforts to conclude a political agreement between the Kurdish-led authorities in northern Syria and the government in Damascus are faltering, and blamed Russia, the ally of President Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Arab: "The uprooting" of Bashir is the end of a failed attempt at political Islam
"The Sudanese army leadership responded to the demands of tens of thousands of protesters and toppled President Omar Hassan al-Bashir after 30 years of failed rule of political Islam in Sudan, at a time when events are accelerating to end the era of the experiences of Islamic groups and supporters in more than one Arab country in conjunction with lifting the western cover. "
Arabs: Turkey and Qatar have no options to protect the militias of Tripoli
In the same context, Al-Arab newspaper said: "Turkey and Qatar, allies of the political Islam groups in different faces and names in the region, are losing a new bet, this time from the gateway of the Libyan file amid Libyan and international opinion pressing to end the influence of the Islamic militias in Tripoli before reaching serious and lasting solution which explains the Turkish and Qatari angry reactions towards the attack of the Libyan National Army headed by Marshal Khalifa Hafter.
Middle East: Bouteflika's successor at the eye of the storm
On the Algerian issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: "Algeria has lived an eighth day of protests, this time against the President of the Council of the Nation Abdel Kader Ben Saleh, who took the post of transitional president in succession to the resigning President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika."
The newspaper pointed out that "huge crowds took to the streets in various major cities, and the rallies formed a test of the popular movement from the transfer of power to Ben Saleh, and a similar test of the relationship with the military, which now appears under pressure to come down at the will of the street and change the persona who took over the leadership of the transitional period after Bouteflika stepped down. "
Arabs: Erdogan dominates Kurdish municipalities to ease the setback of Istanbul
On the Turkish issue, a spokesman for a prominent pro-Kurdish party in Turkey said on Thursday that the Turkish electoral commission has canceled the victory of candidates for the party mayor in six regions, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of this victory by a decree prevents his opponents in the Kurdish region from taking over Public positions in the country ".
"The paradox of the presidential decree issued after the failed coup attempt in 2016 is that it allows candidates suspected of belonging to the PKK, which is classified by the Turkish authorities banned for the general elections, but at the same time prevents the political positions in the event of victory.