ISLAMABAD: The Saudi embassy has dispelled the impression that citizens of Qatar were not allowed to perform Hajj or Umrah, saying the kingdom cordially welcomes Qatari pilgrims and is there to provide them full facilities like before.
In a statement, the Saudi embassy spokesman said since the first day the kingdom decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar, confirmed its consideration towards the Qatari brothers and facilitation of their performance of the rituals easily according to the mechanisms organised by the competent authorises.
This, it added, has been done despite the negative attitude of the Qatari authorities and their continued intransigence towards not enabling their citizens to perform Hajj and Umrah.
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Some of the media outlets in Pakistan have misreported the whole issue and wrongly wrote that Qatar citizens are not allowed to perform rituals, the communiqué added.
The fact of the matter is that Qatari people are free to come to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah, it further clarified.
Since the issuance of the statement of the Ministry of Hajj and Umra, Saudi Arabia has received a number of Qatari pilgrims who arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport and provided them with all services to facilitate their performances of the rituals, like other Muslims from all over the world.
The statement also called upon the Pakistani media to investigate the accuracy and credibility of news before publication so that it does not become part of the malicious propaganda promoted by Qatari authorities against the kingdom.
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