Saudi Arabia and Russia ‘united on ending conflict in Syria’

King Salman receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2017
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Saudi Arabia and Russia ‘united on ending conflict in Syria’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Russia agree on international principles that guarantee the sovereignty of Syria in accordance with international law and non-interference in the country’s internal affairs, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, said on Sunday after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
With regard to the challenges facing the region, the stances of the two countries are identical, Al-Jubeir said.
During a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Jeddah, Al-Jubeir said the two men had discussed the importance of reaching a political solution in accordance with the declaration of “Geneva 1” and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
He stressed the Kingdom’s support for de-escalation zones and political processes in Syria to get it out of the crisis, preserve its territorial integrity, guarantee the rights of all Syrian communities and seek to find political solutions based on the Geneva resolution that would lead to the formation of a transitional authority.
On the Qatar crisis, Al-Jubeir said the Saudi stance was clear, and had been stated repeatedly.
“Qatar knows what is required. We want clarity with regard to the Qatari position. We want a seriousness in finding a solution of this crisis leading to implementation of the principles supported by all countries of the world, non-support of terrorism, non-financing of terrorism, non-hosting of wanted persons, non-dissemination of hatred and extremism and non-interference in the affairs of other countries that were among 13 demands submitted to the Qatari side through the State of Kuwait.
“In this regard, we have taken measures and will continue our stance until Qatar responds to the will of the international community to stop supporting and financing terrorism and extremism.”
Al-Jubeir said Qatar did not abide by the Riyadh agreement in 2013/2014, which was why Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had taken action.
“Qatar must realize its policies are unacceptable, not only for countries in the region but all over the world. I do not think that there is a state that backs support or financing of terrorism or incitement to extremism or interference in the affairs of other countries. Now, we hope that wisdom in the state of Qatar will prevail.”
After a meeting with King Salman, the Russian foreign minister expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries.


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.