Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: tensions between Ankara, Damascus in Idlib
As for the recent escalation in the area of escalation in Idlib, the Middle East said yesterday "signs of tension between Ankara and Damascus appeared in Idlib when Turkish Defense Minister Khulosi Akar called on Syrian forces to withdraw to the lines they were in before the recent attack on northern Hama and West Idlib.
Akar said the troops should stop attacks in northwestern Syria and return to the areas of the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey on Sept. 17.
The UN Security Council yesterday held a closed session on the situation in Syria. "We will get a report on the humanitarian situation (in Syria) and then we will ask for guarantees about the agreement to stop the escalation (from Russia, Iran and Turkey) that it is doing its work, while making sure that there is a suspension on escalation," Belgian Ambassador to the UN Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve told reporters before the meeting.
For his part, the French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre on the need to "avoid a new Aleppo at any price in Idlib," in reference to the restoration of the regime in late 2016, the city of Aleppo after bloody battles.
He believed that repeating this in Idlib means "a humanitarian catastrophe ... and also a destruction of the horizon of the political process" to settle the conflict.
Al Arab newspaper: US aircraft carrier in the Gulf: a message to Iran and its allies
On the Iranian issue, the US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln is on its way to the waters of the Arabian Gulf in a maneuver accompanied by a clear warning from Washington to Tehran that the deterrent force US military ready in the face of Iran's threats. "
"Recent developments reveal that the United States is returning strongly to the Middle East, having suggested earlier that its options, especially military, are giving priority to Asia and Southeast Asia at the expense of other areas of influence in the world. Such as China and Russia, despite the "Iranian" character of the US naval and air maneuver within the waters of the Gulf to the possibility of extending to the Strait of Hormuz.
"Foreign diplomats in the US capital acknowledge that the threat posed by the American fleet near Iranian waters represents, in other places, a threat to the influence of many influential forces in the world. It also represents a warning to the allies before the adversaries of a neutral gray stance on the issue of the current conflict between Washington and Tehran on the position of the nuclear agreement signed in Vienna in 2015. "