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Saudi king orders Qatar border be re-opened for hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered that the border with Qatar be reopened to allow pilgrims to carry out their annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, official state media said Thursday.

He even ordered that private jets belonging to Saudi airlines be sent to Doha airport “to bring all Qatari pilgrims on his expenses”. Qatari authorities last month accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardizing the pilgrimage to Mecca by refusing to guarantee their pilgrims’ safety.

This decision represents the first step forward since a diplomatic crisis began when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5.

Source Credit: France 24
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