This is the straightforward reason to visit Abraham Washington

This is the straightforward reason to visit Abraham Washington
This is the straightforward reason to visit Abraham Washington
American sources quoted officials in Washington as saying that the visit of the Director General of the Lebanese Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, who arrived in Washington on Wednesday evening, on a five-day visit, is primarily aimed at discussing the file of the American hostages held in Damascus. The sources added, in an article by journalist Elie Youssef in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, that Ibrahim might meet with a number of American officials, headed by Robert O’Brien, the National Security Adviser who personally handles this file, with the possibility that he would meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in case he would discuss a file Bifurcated Lebanon; Especially in light of the crisis in the formation of the Lebanese government, about which the Lebanese President Michel Aoun suspended contacts.

And those circles said that Ibrahim’s arrival was expected after his role in the release of Sam Goodwin, whose family thanked him by name, was indicated, while the Foley Foundation, which deals with hostage issues, named in honor of the American hostage James Foley, indicated that it would grant Ibrahim Appreciation award was given to him after Goodwin’s release, and that the Society was very interested in his role.

Those circles believe, “The direct reason for Ibrahim’s visit is that it also comes in the context of the success of his role in the release of the American hostages in Yemen, after the shuttle tour he made to the Gulf states, especially his recent visit to Kuwait, and that O’Brien will meet him on this basis, it is likely that The issue of the American hostage, Austin Pace, is being raised in Damascus, during which it is expected that there will be an offer from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to exchange his release for restoring diplomatic relations with Damascus, opening the US embassy, ​​and easing the sanctions imposed on the regime.She added, “Ibrahim’s role is not hidden, especially after his primary role in the release of Nizar Zakka, in exchange for the release of Qassem Taj al-Din; however, his attempt to enter into a barter for the release of Amer Al-Fakhoury was echoed by Washington, after it rejected his role in this process, which was Its implementation is very simple, “according to those circles.

Those circles said, “Ibrahim might try to market Damascus’s offer to open the US embassy in exchange for the release of the American hostage, but it is very unlikely in light of Washington’s position that refuses to restore relations with Damascus or reduce sanctions against it, unless it adheres to the conditions of a peaceful solution. Essential in dissuading countries that tried to restore their relations with Damascus. ”

Those circles pointed out, “Ibrahim’s mediation and the possibility that Damascus will exploit the recent political developments in the region, the problems that Turkey is raising in the eastern Mediterranean, and the administration’s need to win the elections by presenting the prize for the release of the hostage Pace, will not succeed. This file is not negotiable at least.” In this period, the Trump administration is fully aware of that; but despite this, Washington is always concerned with the issue of releasing American hostages, whatever the timing of the negotiations, and it does not mind receiving any figure who can play a role in that. ”

And she added, “Trump has always sent messages to Al-Assad about this file exclusively; a memorandum of a US intelligence official’s visit to Damascus last year, but he clashed with Assad’s conditions themselves, which Washington completely rejects; indeed, it tightened its sanctions on the Assad regime.”

She indicated that “there is a draft resolution from the House of Representatives prepared by Representative from South Carolina state Joe Wilson that includes many sanctions against” Hezbollah “and money laundering, and the inclusion of areas considered dangerous in money laundering, such as the southern suburbs and the Bekaa, as happened with the appointment of some Latin American countries. Dangerous areas The bill also includes a call to include Abbas Ibrahim by name in the decision, due to his relationship with the Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. However, the bill may not be accepted at this stage because it came from the Republicans and not from the Democrats who control the House of Representatives.

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