Qatar urges Saudi Arabia to lift all Hajj restrictions on its pilgrims

Qatar has called on Saudi Arabia to remove all “obstacles and restrictions” for its citizens wishing to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs late Thursday called on Saudi authorities “to lift all obstacles and restrictions imposed on Qatari citizens and residents wishing to perform their religious rituals.”

It added that such travel restrictions prevent Qatari religious tour operators from traveling to Saudi Arabia to make the necessary arrangements for pilgrims, like other countries.

The ministry also called on Riyadh to remove “discriminatory” measures against Qataris and residents of the Persian Gulf state.

The two countries are embroiled in a diplomatic dispute since June 2017.

Doha made the demand after Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest cities of Mecca and Medina, announced electronic registration for Qatari residents to allow them to perform the Umrah Hajj (minor pilgrimage) during the holy month of Ramadan.

A statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday said that Qataris and foreign residents of the Persian Gulf state would be allowed to land at Jeddah or Medina airports.

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