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Saudi Arabia to open border to Qatar pilgrims, Qatar media silent

Saudi Arabia to open border to Qatar pilgrims, Qatar media silent

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has ordered that Hajj pilgrims from Qatar be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia, where he has offered to host them at his own expense.

The news agency went on to report that King Salman had dispatched a Saudi Airlines aircraft to Doha's global airport "to transport all Qatari pilgrims at his own expense to the city of Jeddah".

He has also approved the entry of Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom through the Salwa border crossing to perform Haj, a Saudi Press Agency report said.

Saudi's King Salman also offered to dispatch private jets to transport pilgrims from Qatar to Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia has opened doors for Qatari pilgrims to come and perform Hajj in Mecca as per the media of Saudi Arabia.

Doha then accused Riyadh of politicising the hajj, and of jeopardising the pilgrimage to Mecca by refusing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims.

The Iraqi leader's "no" came during a meeting with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa in Baghdad. Saudi Arabia closed its land border and the other nations cut air and sea links.

The Iraqi Prime Minister has once again refused to join the Saudi-led bloc in the regional diplomatic row opposing Qatar and its neighbors. The country's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted, "Every day, Saudi proves how big it is, and Qatar's clamor and politicization of the hajj must end".

Furthermore, King Salman has ordered the transport of all Qatari pilgrims from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam as well as Al Ahsa International Airport be done free of charge and as part of the King Salman Guests Program for Haj and Umrah.

The pilgrimage - which this year starts on August 30 - is one of the pillars of Islam that all Muslims who are financially and physically able must perform at least once in their lifetime.

Qatar denied the allegations and denounced what it called a "blockade" aimed at bringing the wealthy emirate to its knees. The four countries, which have largely boycotted Qatar, accuse the country of supporting terrorism.


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