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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.
While Tehran has remained Doha’s close ally amid the ongoing crisis in the Arab country’s relations with Saudi Arabia and a number of other states, Qatari officials have not included Iran in a list of 80 countries whose citizens can travel to Qatar without obtaining a visa.
Officials from Iran, Turkey and Qatar discussed the creation of a joint trade route on the sidelines of President Hassan Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony in Tehran.
After Qatar’s protest, the Syrian government has also slammed Saudi Arabia for politicization of Hajj pilgrimage, saying the Saudi authorities continue to deny Syrian citizens the right to perform this Islamic duty.
Turkish ambassador to Tehran has criticized the approach Saudi Arabia and a number of its Arab allies have adopted towards Qatar, saying the only way to handle the ongoing crisis in the Persian Gulf region is engaging in a meaningful dialogue rather than giving ultimatums.
Saudi-led bloc has dropped the list of 13 demands for Qatar saying Doha does not need to close down Al Jazeera News Network. They are now urging Qatar to commit to six principles.
A Qatari official says any confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran could lead to crisis at the international level.