Bringing Asad Back

The interest of the Arab world to normalise relations with the Arab regime has recently increased remarkably. This is a clear indication that the phase of isolation of this current regime has come to an end. Many steps are being taken and lots of projects have been initiated to re-launch this criminal regime. Even this happened in the meetings of the Arab foreign ministers (Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and Oman) which took place on the side-lines of the recent sessions of the UN General Assembly in New York.

This was in addition to the Jordanian activities for rapprochement, aimed at restoring political and economic relations with the regime. This has led to the resumption of Royal Jordanian airlines’ flights between Jordan and Damascus airports, reopening of Jaber Al-Kabeer border post, in addition to entering into security understandings and consensus on joint work mechanisms in the fields of trade, energy, agriculture, water and transportation.

All this happened when a number of ministers of the regime visited Jordanian capital Amman, including its defence minister. Several meetings, quartet and bilateral, were held with it on Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity supply to Lebanon. All this with American approval.

The reality is that the Arab regimes never desisted from their efforts to normalise relations with the Asad regime, even after the Arab League announced a diplomatic break up with it on November 12, 2011. This announcement did not bring complete diplomatic alienation of the Asad regime by other Arab regimes. The efforts for rapprochement with the regime continued, though with some obstacles and hesitations.

(by Omar Kouch in Syria TV)

Who will Lead Libya Next?

Only a few months are left between the ending of the term of the Government of National Accord and the beginning of the phase of the Government of National Unity. But a visitor to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, these days, cannot, in any way, ignore the tangible positive changes which took place during it on the ground.

It was a bad luck for the former Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council, that it was born in difficult, and in almost exceptional political circumstances, amid bloody military conflicts. In addition to this, Fayez Al-Sarraj lacked political experience. Therefore, he failed in containing armed groups. Instead, in fact he became subjugated by their orders. He did not have an armed battalion, nor a tribal influence. He also failed in mobilising people around his government.

On the contrary, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh is a big businessman, and enjoys local and international support. What everyone knows is that he aspired to enter the next presidential elections to be held in December 2021. The decision contradicts the agreement of the Libyan Political Dialogue Committee in Geneva, which talks about non-participation of those who managed the short-term transitional period for the post of President or run for parliament seats. But these decisions are not sacred texts which cannot be changed or modified.

(by Jumah Boukleb in Asharq Al Awsat)

Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque

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