Qatar Worried about Safety of Citizens in Saudi Arabia

Qatar Worried about Safety of Citizens in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in a joint news conference with Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano in Doha, Qatar, August 2, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani says the country is concerned about the safety of its citizens in Saudi Arabia following the reopening of the countries’ border enabling Qataris to attend the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Speaking in a visit to Norway, the Qatari FM noted that Saudi authorities had yet to respond to queries from the Qatari Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding the security of Qatari citizens during Hajj.

“The level of tension between the two nations, the language and the tone of the Saudi media spreading hatred against Qatari people represents a great concern for us,” he told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.

“Those people crossing the border right now are under the responsibility of the Saudi authorities for their security and safety,” he said, adding that “more than 100” citizens had crossed since the border was reopened.

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