Saudi Arabia denies reports on preventing Qataris from Umrah

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MAKKAH 13 June 2017: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has labeled as “untrue” social media reports on preventing Qatari Umrah performers from entering the Grand Holy Mosque.

The General Presidency of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque Affairs was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency as saying in a statement Monday that “the directives of the Kingdom’s leadership emphasise providing services and facilitating affairs of Umrah performers from all countries of the world, including brothers from the State of Qatar”, reported Wam.

“What is circulated in the social media on preventing Qatari Umrah performers from entering the Grand Holy Mosque is untrue, ” added the statement.

“Since 9/9/1438 AH and until today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has received 1,633 Qatari Umrah performers who performed Umrah rituals.”

Oman hails UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain’s decisions on joint families with Qatar

MUSCAT: The Sultanate of Oman has lauded Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain’s decisions to consider the humanitarian cases of the joint families between them and the State of Qatar in light of the current crisis.

In a statement carried by the Oman News Agency, the Sultanate said it considers this decision a good step towards easing off the crisis.


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