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Saudi royal adviser: Qatar spreading lies to discourage citizens from Hajj

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Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser in the Saudi royal court, has reiterated that Saudi Arabia welcomes all Qataris who want to perform Hajj or Umrah. He also accused Qatari authorities of spreading lies to discourage their people from performing their religious duties.

“Saudi Arabia has repeatedly said that our people in Qatar are welcome to come perform Umrah from any place from the world or transit through Doha and via any airlines except the Qatari authority’s airlines,” Qahtani said on Twitter. He added that for the past five years, the average number of Qatari pilgrims was around 1,600 pilgrims per year.

Qahtani also said it was important that Qatar’s authorities facilitate the Qatari pilgrims’ procedure, adding: “The number of those coming for Hajj from our people in Qatar must not be lower than the average of the past years.”

“The Qatari authority’s planes must not dream of the honor to land in the kingdom’s airports until it ends its evil practices against its neighbors and against Arabs,” he added.