First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TV

First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TVBy Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) – Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual haj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties. Qatar welcomed the Saudi decision to open the frontier and provide flights for Qatari pilgrims, but regarded the move as politically motivated, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed transport links with Qatar in June and imposed sanctions, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran, which Doha denies.



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