Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned on Sunday that Qatar’s name to internationalize the holy websites is “a declaration of war against the kingdom.”
“We reserve the right to respond to any party working in the field of internationalization of the holy sites,” al-Jubeir mentioned in an interview with Al Arabiya and Al Hadath on the sidelines of the Saudi-led Quartet’s overseas ministers’ assembly in Manama.
At a joint information convention in Manama, Bahrain on Sunday, al-Jubeir reiterated that Qataris have been welcome to carry out the pilgrimage to the holy websites in Saudi.
“Saudi Arabia rejects Qatar’s attempt to politicize the arrival of Qatari pilgrims into the kingdom,” al-Jubeir mentioned on the information convention with his counterparts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.
“Saudi Arabia welcomes the Qataris to perform Hajj like the rest of the pilgrims,” the highest Saudi diplomat mentioned, including that Riyadh is making nice efforts to facilitate the arrival of pilgrims into the nation.
The joint assertion issued by the 4 overseas ministers on Sunday additionally condemned Qatar’s authorities for obstructing its residents from performing Hajj.
The Saudi-led quartet reduce their diplomatic ties with Qatar and impose a blockade on it on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and extremism, interfering of their inner affairs and in search of nearer ties with Iran, a Saudi rival.
Qatar has strongly denied these charges, insisting it has been preventing terrorism relentlessly.
The joint assertion insisted that Qatar meet their calls for earlier than they might maintain talks to finish the Gulf disaster. The calls for problem Qatar to halt funding of terrorism and extremism, cease interference in different international locations’ inner affairs, and downgrade its ties with Iran.
Hajj pilgrims from all over the world have began arriving in Saudi Arabia to put together for the annual Hajj in Mecca, the holiest web site for Muslims, that begins late August.
A Saudi official has accused Qatar of barring residents from touring to Saudi to carry out Hajj.