World newspapers: US efforts to form an alliance in the Middle East, and European warnings to Iran

The United States, France and Germany will complain against Iran and Washington will try to form a pact to protect oil tankers in the Gulf waters; London and Paris agreeing to send additional troops to northern Syria.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain have called on Iran to return to full compliance "without delay" with the nuclear deal and approached a formal complaint, a move that could destroy the deal, the New York Times reported.

In a sign of increased alarm over Iran's violations of the nuclear agreement in 2015, European members of the agreement took a step yesterday that could lead to a possible collapse.

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain, as well as the EU's top foreign policy official, expressed their "deep concern that Iran is engaged in activities incompatible with its obligations" under the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.

They urged Iran to return to full compliance "without delay".

Washington wants to "form a military alliance to protect navigation" off the coast of Iran, Yemen

The United States is seeking to form an international military alliance to protect strategic waterways off the coast of Iran and Yemen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

General Joseph Dunford said yesterday that the United States hoped to find friendly countries with the political will to set up a working group within the next two weeks. The proposed force would have an effective role to ensure freedom of navigation in vital trade routes.

Under the new US military plan, Washington will provide command and control vessels to the military alliance. Allies will patrol near US command ships and accompany merchant ships carrying their flags.

Britain and France are sending additional troops to Syria to face the consequences of the US withdrawal

The British newspaper, The Guardian, reported that Britain and France had sent troops to northern Syria to avoid the situation following the US withdrawal from there.

The report says that London and Paris agreed to expedite the deployment of troops to northern Syria to allow the withdrawal of US troops from there, so that they provide the required support in the face of leftovers, a US official explained that the number of British and French troops in Syria will increase by about 10 to 15 Percent without giving specific figures.

The report says the formula was published by US magazine Foreign Policy as a victory for US President Donald Trump and his team of national security advisers because of the lack of sufficient allies who agree to support withdrawal from Syria.

The report notes that Germany last week refused to send ground troops to Syria at the request of the US, as did several other countries the same, and Italy is still discussing the idea of ​​joining Britain and France in sending more troops to Syria.

With the resumption of the Venezuelan talks, opposition debates have made concessions on Maduro's exclusion

The Washington Post reported talks between the government and the Venezuelan opposition, where the president's fate remains central to the prospects for a breakthrough in the negotiations.

As representatives of the Venezuelan government seek to defuse a political crisis in a new round of negotiations with the opposition, one central question remains of possible breakthrough: the fate of President Nicolas Maduro.

The talks on the Norwegian-mediated Caribbean island of Barbados follow two failed rounds in Oslo, while ideas are still far apart. Where the Venezuelan government insists on the need to lift US and international sanctions, while opposition officials demand new presidential elections and an end to what they call the "Maduro dictatorship."


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