Options before Libya
The armed militias in Tripoli are making movements. It is coinciding with the call of the UN adviser Stephanie Williams, Parliament speaker Akila Saleh, and State Council President Khaled Al-Mashri for consensus to overcome sticking points and differences, which have led to the failure of the statutory talks between the two parties and the lack of agreement on the basis for presidential and parliamentary elections. In these circumstances, Libya has entered a new area of challenges, the most important of which is the continuation of the military escalation of the militias affiliated with Osama Al-Juwaili, former director of the Military Intelligence, and their ongoing plan to enter Tripoli.
This all started after Abdel Hamid Al-Dabaiba, Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, vowed to confront any military moves of Al- Juwaili, after he has dismissed him from his position as commander of the Western Military Region.
The internal and external momentum for Libya should continue so that new arrangements can be made for the coming stage. International efforts to make the state council and the parliament reach to a consensus will also be needed to resolve the current political conflicts. This is also required for a new political framework entrusted with special powers to manage the scene in the coming phase, like the previous National Dialogue Forum. In all cases, perhaps the United States is trying from behind that any outbreak of armed confrontations in western Libya is avoided.
[by Tarik Fahmi in Al-Ittihad, UAE]
Summit of Tough Choices
Unless something big, different and radical happens, the Arab-American summit to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks will grab all attention. The host country has completed all its papers with an effort made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, first with the Gulf consultations, and secondly by visiting the capitals of the region, Cairo, Amman and Ankara.
The two difficult files which will be tabled in this summit, without ignoring the rest of the other issues, are Palestine and Iran. Both are connected with other as well as separate to some extent.
In addition to these two heavy issues, there is the urgent question of energy, the echoes of which are heard in the economic and political circles of European countries. There are also warnings and threats of social disobedience and a danger of a change in the attitudes of voters in European countries, as has already happened in France and Britain recently. It could repeat in the United States also in the midterm congressional elections next November. The issue is urgent for the west, and the Arabs are the key to the door of any solution.
In addition to this, there are two more important issues waiting for the summit. They are the future relations with Russia as well as China. This is a heavy political and economic concern for Western policies.
We are close to an exceptional summit at a time when peoples are sensing many challenges.
[by Mohamed Al-Rumaihi in Al-Arabiya]
Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque