Abbas in Cairo to discuss Palestine situation

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt, in this file photo taken on December 11, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Abbas in Cairo to discuss Palestine situation

  • The media is full of rumors and test articles to gauge reactions from the public and officials, and no one knows what is true

CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo yesterday for an official visit to meet with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The Ambassador of Palestine in Cairo and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States Diab Al-Louh told Arab News that Abbas will also participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Arab League on Sunday to discuss the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Arab League said in a statement that there were important developments regarding media reports about the so-called “deal of the century,” and it was these developments that made the Palestinian side call for an emergency meeting of foreign ministers.
Ambassador Hossam Zaki, assistant secretary general of the League of Arab States said in a press statement that the whole situation is not a reassuring one, despite what the media says. He said that the “deal of the century” is worrying and will not be positive, balanced or considerate of the Palestinian rights
“Our information and our understanding is that there is a desire by President ‘Abu Mazen’ to put the issue back on the table for the ministers, which the Palestinians considers extremely important,” he said.

‘Deal of the century’
“The session also serves as a platform for exposing the so-called deal of the century to the world and mobilizing the Arab position in the face of these developments.”
As for how the League of Arab States will deal with the “Deal of the Century,” Zaki said “I do not think anyone has accurate information about what will be put forward; everyone is playing the guessing game.
The media is full of rumors and test articles to gauge reactions from the public and officials, and no one knows what is true.”
Tarek Said, an expert on the Palestinian issue, told Arab News that the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers will have a great impact on what is raised about the deal of the century, especially in light of serious international variables related to the Palestinian issue.
While the US promotes its plan for peace in the Middle East or the so called “deal of the century,” the Arabs will be supported by the calls from senior European officials to refrain from supporting the plan if it does not respect the principle of a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.”


Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters get a major boost as Ankara backs them with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them hold their ground. (Reuters)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

  • Ankara signals readiness to preserve its influence in Syria’s Idlib province in northwestern region

AMMAN: Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian opposition fighters it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and opposition sources said on Saturday.
Russia is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and ground assault as it seeks to gain control of the last big stretch of opposition-held territory in the northwest of the country.
Syria’s Bashar Assad launched the assault last month, saying fighters had breached an existing cease-fire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between Assad and the opposition fighters in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.
Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures said.

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Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey.

In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a senior opposition commander said. Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.
Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived in a base in northern Hama near opposition-held Jabal Al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a fighter and a witness said.
The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda.