Qatar has been a subject of a heavy blockade from the Saudi-coalition since 2017.
Rabat – The Qatari government has urged Saudi Arabia to remove travel restrictions for Qatari citizens wishing to perform hajj, the greater Muslim pilgrimage. The request comes amid continuous diplomatic rift between the two countries.
Days prior to Qatar’s request Saudi Arabia called on Qataris to register their information to perform minor pilgrimage otherwise known as Umrah during Ramadan.
Khaleej Times reported that Saudi Arabia put in place the website for Qataris have been able to register since 2017.
Saudi Arabia announced that the measure would allow Qataris to arrive at Saudi airports in Jeddah and Medina, in Western Saudi Arabia.
Quoted by AFP, Qatar’s Human Rights Committee found the measure as “insufficient” as air trafficking between the two countries remains completely blocked due to the diplomatic dispute.
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf coalition put a heavy blockade on Qatar in June 2017. Riyadh accused Doha of supporting extremist movements, an accusation which Qatar has categorically denied.
AFP reported that the Qatari Ministry of Islamic Affairs has accused Saudi Arabia of resuming to impose obstacles preventing Qataris from performing hajj pilgrimage.
The ministry urged Saudi Arabia to abolish all “discriminatory” measures against its citizens.