Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its voters from this yr’s haj, one thing Riyadh denies, announcing a diplomatic dispute isn’t preventing Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Despite the fact that 1,200 Qataris are eligible to accomplish the haj below a quota device, Qatar says it has turn out to be unattainable to get allows, blaming the marketing campaign via Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to chop business and diplomatic ties with the rustic.
Abdullah Al-Kaabi of the state-run Qatar Nationwide Human Rights Committee stated Saudi Arabia had close down an digital device utilized by go back and forth businesses to procure allows for pilgrims from Qatar.
“There is not any likelihood this yr for Qatari voters and citizens to go back and forth for haj,” he informed Reuters. “Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar stays closed, and citizens of Qatar can’t be granted visas as there aren’t any diplomatic missions.”
A Saudi professional stated Qatar had blocked a number of registration hyperlinks arrange for its pilgrims.
An professional at Saudi Arabia’s haj ministry stated a bunch of Qataris had arrived for the pilgrimage which runs from Sunday to Aug. 24, however he didn’t say what number of there have been or whether or not they had traveled at once from Qatar. Remaining yr, 1,624 Qatari pilgrims attended, he stated.