Military intervention against Qatar never was, never will be an option: Quartet

Updated 09 September 2017
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Military intervention against Qatar never was, never will be an option: Quartet

JEDDAH: The Anti Terror Quartet (ATQ) — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt — never considered military escalation against Qatar, a statement issued by the four countries confirmed.

The statement was released following a joint press conference held in Washington by President Donald J. Trump and Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. During the conference, Sheikh al-Sabah hinted at a potential resolution to the lingering crisis when he said that Doha has agreed to sit at the negotiation table and discuss the list of 13 demands, adding that he was hopeful that a resolution was imminent.

Shortly afterwards though, Qatari foreign minister Abdulrahman Al Thani gave a contradictory statement to the Doha-based Al Jazeera News Channel, elaborating that his nation wouldn't enter any negotiations until the sanctions imposed by the ATQ are lifted.

"The Qatari FM's insistence on putting pre-conditions to the discussions confirms that Qatar is not serious about them," the ATQ statement stated.

While the ATQ statement thanked the Emir of Kuwait for his mediation efforts, it made it clear that the military option against Qatar was never on the table.

"The Quartet regrets what the Emir of Kuwait said about the mediation succeeding in preventing a military intervention. (The Quartet) stresses that the military option was never — and never will be — an option in any way."

The ATQ statement also thanked President Trump on insisting that the only path to resolve this issue is stop financing terror; and that he wouldn't have the desire to resolve it (the issue) if that is not achieved.


System launched to help predict, plan for heavy rain in Saudi Arabia

Updated 15 July 2018
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System launched to help predict, plan for heavy rain in Saudi Arabia

  • "Matir" uses all the data to provide predictions and alerts for all of Saudi Arabia’s 286 secretariats and municipalities
  • Matir features a control panel that shows the overall forecast of flooding risk for the coming five days

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has launched a system to help predict and plan for heavy rain and flooding across the Kingdom
The high-tech system, called Matir, is the first of its kind in the Arab region. It is designed to help the authorities plan early for extreme weather situations, especially rain, and make the best decisions to minimize the loss of life and property.
To do this, it uses data from satellites and regional and international weather centers and monitoring stations. This raw data is modeled, with equations and algorithms applied to make forecasts with a high degree of accuracy.
Matir features a control panel that shows the overall forecast of flooding risk for the coming five days. The information is color coded based on the risk level, with yellow and red representing the highest risks.
The system also provides standard hour-by-hour weather predictions for next five days, including temperatures, wind speed and direction, rainfall intensity, mist and clouds, as well as relative humidity.
The system uses all the data to provide predictions and alerts for all of Saudi Arabia’s 286 secretariats and municipalities. It also provides radar data detailing the location and direction of thunderstorms and lightning.