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Saudi Arabia to open border to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj

18.08.2017 41 просмотров

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has said that Qatari pilgrims wishing to perform Hajj this year will not need special electronic permits to cross the land border with Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya TV reported.

In addition, the king ordered to deliver Qatari pilgrims to  hajj by planes at his own expense.

Hajj is one of the five so-called pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage to holy places in Mecca is prescribed to be made at least once in a lifetime by every Muslim. It takes place in a strictly defined period according to the Muslim calendar. In 2017, the time of the Hajj falls on the end of August.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in early June and stopped all communication with Qatar, accusing it of  ;supporting terrorism and interference in their internal affairs. A number of other states later joined the decision.

Shortly after the rupture of relations, four Arab countries presented Qatar with an ultimatum of 13 demands, among which were a decrease in the level of diplomatic and military relations with Iran, the closure of the Turkish military base in the country, stopping the financing of terrorist organizations, refusing to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries, supporting opposition figures, and also shutting down the entire Al Jazeera satellite television network. Qatar rejected the accusations of its Arab neighbors and stated that the demands made are unrealistic and cannot be met, and also violate its sovereignty.

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