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

Updated 09 September 2017

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.

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 7 min 34 sec ago

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.