Saudi Arabia has succumbed to regional and international pressure and has finally re-opened Qatar’s border to facilitate pilgrims to carry out their annual pilgrimage to Makkah. The decision came after mediation efforts of Qatar’s envoy H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Crown Prince emphasised the “historical relations between Saudi and Qatari people, and between the Saudi leadership and the royal family in Qatar”, the statement said.
King Salman has agreed to open the Salwa border crossing which allows Qataris to perform Haj, the king ordered that all Qataris be allowed to enter without the required electronic passes used for pilgrims based on the recommendations of Sheikh Abdullah.
It was also ordered that transport of all Qatari pilgrims from King Fahad International Airport in Dammam and Al Ahsa International Airport be done free of charge.
Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will be flying to Doha to transport all Qatari pilgrims directly to Jeddah and for all their costs to be covered at his expense.