On Saturday morning, Arab press focused on the Syrian situation, as well as to Turkish incursion in Libya, and US –Chinese tension.
Al-Arab: Putin is asking Assad for additional facilities
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several issues, the most prominent of which were the Russian presence, on the Syrian issue. In this context, Al-Arab newspaper said, "Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the ministries of defense and foreign affairs to hold talks with Damascus on extending additional Russian facilities and expanding their maritime influence in Syria.
Russia has two permanent military installations in Syria, an air base in Latakia governorate that was used to launch air strikes against the forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad and a naval base in Tartus on the Mediterranean.
Putin agreed to the Russian government's proposal on signing the number one protocol concerning "the delivery of immovable property and additional marine areas" to the agreement concluded in August 2015 between Moscow and Damascus regarding the deployment of the Russian Air Force in Syria.
The decree was entrusted to the Ministry of Defense in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct negotiations with the Syrian side, and to sign it upon reaching an agreement between the two sides on behalf of the Russian Federation.
The move comes after the controversy that arose after Putin appointed Moscow's ambassador to Damascus, Alexander Yevimov, as a special presidential representative to develop ties with Syria.
Observers attribute this Russian move in the context of the beginning of the change in Moscow's policy in Syria by going more to interfering in the formulation of decisions taken by the Syrian regime headed by Bashar al-Assad, especially with regard to the economic file, where Damascus will find itself beginning of next June 1 under Washington's guillotine after entering Caesar’s law
Al-Bayan: Erdogan revives ISIS influence in western Libya
On the Libyan issue, Al Bayan newspaper said, "ISIS elements fighting in the ranks of mercenary and terrorist groups loyal to the Turkish regime in western Libya have appeared at a time when Tunisia and Algeria have taken strict security measures on their borders for fear of terrorists infiltrating their lands."
The Libyan National Army published records of the terrorist organization's militants threatening to storm the cities of Tarhuna and Bani Walid, and carrying out crimes against its residents loyal to the armed forces, stressing that ISIS had reappeared in Libya inside the capital Tripoli, in conjunction with the spread of mercenaries of Turkish President Recep Erdogan to support the militias of Accord government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj. The spokesman for the General Command of the Army, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, stated that the Turkish regime transferred hundreds of ISIS militants from several nationalities to fight among its mercenaries in western Libya.
He said: “Among the latest terrorist operations was the assassination of Sheikh Abdullah Makhlouf, the dean of the municipality of Kabau.” He added that this was done by a conspiracy in the Berber town of Kabau, west of the country, where the dean went out to it and was assassinated, stressing that Fathi Pashaga, the Minister of Interior of the Accord, has a complete file on the other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a mercenary battalion of about 50 members headed by the former ISIS security official, terrorist Muhammad al-Ruwaidani, who is from the eastern countryside of Homs, went to fight in Libya.
Several reports highlighted that the Turkish intelligence services were keen in the recent period to transfer elements of ISIS to Libya for two purposes: the first is to involve them in the war against the army, and the second is to exclude them from the areas bordering its borders with Syria.
The Syrian Observatory said that Turkey has been transferring thousands of ISIS and al-Qaeda militants for months to Libya, and the Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman said: “We have documented information that Turkish President Recep Erdogan is sending former Syrian elements from al-Qaeda and ISIS to Libya, the process started last October and what It's still going on.”
Libyan military sources pointed out that the remnants of the terrorist organization fleeing from Derna, Benghazi (east), Sirte (center), Sabratha (west), Sabha and Marzak (south) recently gathered in Tripoli to fight under the command of the Turkish operations room, and that military intelligence monitored the movements of dozens of members of this organization It raises their flags, threatens to occupy cities and civilian retribution, and carry out suicide operations against the army.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Trump suspends Chinese entry ... and cancels Hong Kong exemptions
Regarding the American-Chinese tension, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "In a new escalation towards China because of its decision to impose the National Security Law in Hong Kong, US President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the United States has suspended the entry of Chinese people who pose a potential" threat "to American security to its lands. he announces the start of the process of canceling trade exemptions granted to Hong Kong.
On the other hand, the US President announced that he is ending his country's relationship with the World Health Organization, which he accuses of since the beginning of the spread of the new Coronavirus with siding with China.
There are signs of yet another American-Chinese escalation, this time over Taiwan, after one of China's top military leaders said yesterday that Beijing would attack Taiwan if it had no other option to prevent it from independence.
"If the possibility of peaceful reunification is lost, then the armed forces with the entire people, including the Taiwan residents, will take all necessary steps to crush any separatist plans or movements," said Li Zhuqing, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and member of the Central Military Commission.