Saudi Arabia denies creating hurdles for Qatari pilgrims


ISLAMABAD, JUNE 08 (DNA) – The Saudi embassy has dispelled the impression that citizens of Qatar were not allowed to perform Hajj or Umra saying the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia cordially welcomes Qatari pilgrims and is there to extend them full facilities like before.

In a statement the Saudi embassy spokesman said since the first day the Kingdom decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar, confirmed its consideration towards the Qatari brothers and facilitation of their performance of the rituals easily according to mechanisms organized by the competent authorizes and in view of the negative attitude of the Qatari authorities and their continued intransigence towards not enabling their citizens to perform Hajj and Umra.

The statement further added that some of the media houses in Pakistan have misreported the whole issue and wrongly wrote that Qatar citizens are not allowed to perform rituals. The fact of the matter is that Qatari people are free to come to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah.

Since the issuance of the statement of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia has received a number of Qatari pilgrims who arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport and provided them with all services to facilitate their performances of the rituals, like other Muslims from all over the world.

The embassy statement also called upon the Pakistani media to investigate the accuracy and credibility of news before publication so that it does not become part of the malicious propaganda promoted by Qatari authorities against the Kingdom.=DNA