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Reports of Qatar's refusal to Saudi Airlines' request false

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Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has wrongly targeted Qatar and said that blocking of pilgrim flights was ‘wrong and dangerous’.

His statements came after Saudi Arabian airlines said that it could not schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Doha because the Qatari authorities have failed to grant the required permission to land, in spite of the passage of several days since the clearance was requested, Arab News reported.

However, the fact was that the authority had just replied that the airlines should coordinate with and contact Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and its Qatar Haj mission in accordance with what is established in the past in order for the Authority to take the necessary action.

Since the blockade began the four blockading states have stopped using Qatari airspace and also banned Qatar from using their airspace. But nine emergency corridors have been designated over high seas for Qatari planes to use.

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