Qatar denies blocking Saudi planes ferrying pilgrims to hajj

Saudi-Qatar Land Border Opens

Saudi-Qatar Land Border Opens

He said the meetings were mainly focused on facilitating the travel of Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform their annual Hajj rituals.

In a letter sent to the Montreal-based United Nations agency on Saturday, Doha said the Saudi-led group that has imposed a blockade on Qatar has violated global law.

In a post on his twitter account, Sheikh Abdullah publicly confirmed the reports and unveiled his reasons for holding talks with the Saudi royal family.

Doha has also accused Riyadh of jeopardizing the pilgrimage to Mecca by refusing to guarantee the safety of Qatari citizens.

The Saudi Press Agency, an official media branch of the kingdom, reported that pilgrims from Qatar will be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia by land.

In a letter sent to the Montreal-based United Nations agency on Saturday, Doha said the Saudi-led group that has imposed a blockade on Qatar has violated global law by broadcasting a news report showing the shooting down of a Qatar Airways passenger aircraft.

It marks the first change to a months-long blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"Regardless of the manner in which pilgrims from Qatar were banned from the pilgrimage, which was politically motivated. the government of Qatar welcomes the decision and will respond positively", Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters on a visit to Stockholm.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said it has not recorded any death of Nigerian pilgrims since the beginning of the 2017 Hajj Operation in the last three weeks.

More than 20,000 Muslims from Qatar have applied for visas for this year's Hajj, but Qatar has only been given a quota of 1,600. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Qatar's complaint amounted to a "declaration of war" against the kingdom's management of the holy sites. The quartet accuses the small Gulf nation of supporting extremists.

Qatar denied the allegations and denounced what it called a "blockade" aimed at bringing the wealthy emirate to its knees. He plays no role in the Qatar administration.

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