Saudi king orders Qatar border be reopened to pilgrims: state media

Saudi king orders Qatar border be reopened to pilgrims: state media”

Qatar is facing its worst political crisis in decades, with Saudi Arabia leading a four-state bloc that suspended all ties with Doha two months ago over accusations the emirate had close ties to Islamist extremist groups and Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran.

King Salman also ordered that private jets belonging to Saudi airlines be sent to Doha airport "to bring all Qatari pilgrims at his expense".

A statement on the official Saudi Press Agency said the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed.

The Qatari minister met Kuwait's Emir H H Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah shortly to deliver a message from Qatar Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani about bilateral relations and latest regional and global developments, the official KUNA news agency said.

Under the same royal directive, Qatari citizens will also be transported to Mecca from King Fahad airport and Ihsaa airport in the east of the country.

Somalia's northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland has officially announced on Wednesday its position on the deepening Qatar-Gulf crisis, Garowe Online reports.

In June, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, cutting all air, land and sea links and imposed economic sanctions.

The Saudi state TV channel has sparked outrage by suggesting that a Qatari passenger jet can be shot down by a missile under global law.

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