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Saudi Arabia Foils New Qatari Attempt to Prevent Citizens from Performing Hajj


7Dnews London - Ahmed Fathi

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 22:59 GMT

Refuting claims of exclusion against Qatari citizens made by the Doha regime, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has completed all necessary arrangements to serve the "Qatari brothers" who wish to perform their Hajj duties this year, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports.

The ministry announced on Saturday, August 3rd, the allocation of a new link to receive requests from Qataris wishing to perform Hajj after Doha blocked access to the previous link last month.

 "The attempts of the Qatari regime to politicise Hajj and put obstacles in front of the pilgrims will not dissuade the Kingdom from providing all facilities to perform the fifth pillar of Islam," the ministry said.

The statement also called on the Qatari authorities not to withhold the new link and to facilitate the pilgrimage of their fellow Qatari citizens.

According to SPA, these measures follow the directives of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Doha has politicised the Hajj by punishing its citizens who want to make the pilgrimage by blocking the Saudi online registration portal allocated by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Since the Arab boycott in June 2017, imposed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt on Doha because of its continued support for terrorism, the Qatari regime has exploited Hajj and Umrah rites to secure political benefits for the administration.

The Qatari regime put obstacles before the pilgrims and those who reside in Qatar, such as the suspension of pilgrims' registration applied by Qatar's Ministry of Awqaf, as well as repeatedly blocking the registration sites provided by the Saudi authorities.

Several months ago, a Qatari delegation visited Saudi Arabia and refused to sign the Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia, although Riyadh invited them like other officials in Islamic countries to come to the Kingdom to arrange the arrival of Qatari pilgrims, according to a statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

This refusal resulted in serious harm to the Qatari Hajj companies, depriving them of the critical opportunity to cooperate with the pilgrims' service providers in the Kingdom.

In May, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, the African Organisation for Culture and Human Rights, and the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedoms each announced that they would address the United Nations and the European Parliament over the issue of Qatar preventing its citizens from performing the religious rite.

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