Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

Source: BBC News

Pilgrims at the Hajj in MeccaImage copyrightEPA
Image caption:Saudi Arabia had threatened to impose conditions on Qatari pilgrims attending the Hajj in Mecca

Qatar has confirmed that Saudi Arabia will open its border to allow Qatar’s Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month.

The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the neighbours since Saudi Arabia and three other states cut all links in June.

They accuse Qatar of aiding terrorists – a charge the emirate denies.

The closure of the Saudi border has forced Qatar to import food by sea and air for its population of 2.7 million.

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