Saudi Arabia rubbishes rumors of Qataris denied entry into Makkah


Makkah, June 12 (TNS): The General Presidency for the affairs of the two Holy Mosques said that the directives Saudi authorities emphasize the provision of all services toward pilgrims from all countries of the world, including those from the State of Qatar, adding that what is being circulated in social media are baseless accusations, Arab media reported on Monday.

Several media outlets in the Middle East had reported that Qataris were denied access into Mecca and the two holy mosques, which Saudi Arabia has denied.

“The pilgrims who are our Qatari brothers are in the hearts of their Saudi brethren from the moment they enter the kingdom and until they depart. Since last Sunday, the kingdom received 1,633 Qatari pilgrims who have performed their Umrah,” the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said in a statement published on their website.

‘Al-Arabiya’ reported that Saudi Arabia permitted 206 people coming from Qatar to cross the Salwa border last Friday so that they could perform Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah.

On the same day that four Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, severed economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar, Saudi officials declared that it would provide all facilities and services needed by Qatari pilgrims currently in the kingdom.