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Qatar condemns ‘false’ Saudi news regarding Hajj

People queue for flight details during a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar applied by the GCC countries, at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar on 12 June 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]
People queue for flight details during a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar applied by the GCC countries, at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar on 12 June 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]

Qatar’s Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs yesterday denounced the “false” news reported by Saudi media outlets claiming that Doha is preventing its citizens from completing pilgrimage this year, the Anadolu Agency reported.

In a statement published by the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), the ministry said the Saudi claims are untrue.

“The Saudi mass media had been reporting false news created in order to keep up with the campaign against Qatar,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the statement accused Saudi Arabia of “placing obstacles” ahead of Qataris who are planning to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj, in the wake of the crisis orchestrated by the blockade countries.

The ministry officially in Doha accused the Saudi Hajj Ministry of “halting contacts” to safeguard the entry of Qatari pilgrims during the pilgrimage which is due to begin at the end of August.

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