Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj journey flights
DOHA (City News) – Qatar on Monday denied it had prohibited Saudi Arabian flights from arriving in the emirate to transport Muslim pioneers to Mecca, after an allegation by experts in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari experts had declined to allow a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, booked to transport Qatari hajj pioneers, authorization to arrive at Hamad International Airport.
The flight is one of a chosen few that will enable Qataris to arrive in Saudi Arabia, which a week ago incidentally opened its outskirts to explorers to the Saudi city of Mecca, the most venerated site in Islam, over two months into a political emergency that has seen Riyadh cut all ties with Qatar and restriction its natives from entering.
An official source in the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority on Monday “portrayed as unmerited the news… that purportedly guaranteed that the province of Qatar declined to enable Saudi Airlines to transport the Qatari travelers,” as per a report carried on the state-run QNA news office.
Qatar’s respectful flying expert affirmed that it had gotten a demand from the Saudi bearer for authorization to arrive and had alluded the aircraft to the service of Islamic issues “as per past practices”.
The hajj to Mecca, a mainstay of Islam that competent Muslims must perform at any rate once, happens toward the begin of September this year. It is relied upon to draw around two million Muslims from around the globe.
The journey has transformed into a state of contestation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are secured a strategic emergency that has seen Saudi Arabia and its partners cut all ties with Doha over allegations of state bolster for Islamist radical gatherings and binds to Shiite Iran.
Qatar has denied the affirmations.
Saudi Arabia a month ago said Qatari explorers would be permitted to enter the kingdom during the current year’s hajj however forced a few travel confinements, incorporating flying in just on aircrafts affirmed by Riyadh.
The move started a reaction in Doha, where specialists said the journey had been utilized as political ammo.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates disjoined conciliatory and exchange ties with Qatar on June 5 in what has turned into the most exceedingly bad political emergency to grasp the Gulf locale in decades.