SAUDI ARABIA: DEMAND TO ‘INTERNATIONALISE’ HOLY SITES A ‘DECLARATION OF WAR’.

SAUDI ARABIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER CALLED WHAT HE SAID WAS QATAR’S DEMAND FOR AN INTERNATIONALISATION OF THE MUSLIM HAJJ PILGRIMAGE A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE KINGDOM, SAUDI-OWNED AL ARABIYA TELEVISION SAID ON SUNDAY, BUT QATAR SAID IT NEVER MADE SUCH A CALL.

Qatar accused the Saudis of politicising the hajj, but denies the claim made by the Saudi foreign minister that it demanded internationalising holy sites in the Kingdom. Qatar accused the Saudis of politicising the hajj, but denies the claim made by the Saudi foreign minister that it demanded internationalising holy sites in the Kingdom.

Qatar did accuse the Saudis of politicising hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain previously issued a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which included curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with Gulf enemy Iran .
On Sunday, foreign ministers of the four countries said they were ready for dialogue with Qatar if it showed willingness to tackle their demands.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.804292

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