Saudi Arabia Ready to Provide 7 Aircraft to Transport Qatari Hajj Pilgrims

Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani with Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Oslo yesterday

Amid the ongoing boycott, Saudi Arabia has now said that the country's airline has not been given permission to land in Doha to pick up Hajj pilgrims, even though the former had sought permission for the same days ago.

During the talks, the media reports said, the commander expressed thanks to Saudi officials for allowing Qatari pilgrims to enter the country to perform annual Hajj without e-permit.

In a letter sent to the Montreal-based United Nations agency on Saturday, Doha said the Saudi-led group that has imposed a blockade on Qatar has violated worldwide law by broadcasting a news report showing the shooting down of a Qatar Airways passenger aircraft. The source said the request was simply being referred through to proper channels for approval.

Qatar asked the ICAO to "remind all member states that they are responsible for the safety of air traffic in their countries".

The Salwa border crossing had been shut after regional kingpin Saudi Arabia as well as Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the emirate of fostering Islamist extremist groups. The quartet also halted direct flights, expelled Qatari residents and the three Gulf countries ordered their citizens in Qatar to leave. Since then the airline has stopped using their airspace by rerouting their flights through alternative paths including Iranian skies.

The directives were given after the mediation of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani. His family lost power in 1972. Nonneman added that Sheikh Abdullah is no way any kind of envoy of Qatar.

The Saudi-led embargo has had an economic impact on Qatar. He denied that Saudi led alliance is now pursuing a policy to change the Qatari leadership. His emergence serves as a way of telling Qatari leaders and global powers that the crisis is far from over.



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