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Saudi Hajj role hailed; Qatari allegations refuted
12 : 59 AM - 13/08/2017
Manama, Aug. 12 (BNA): A Bahraini diplomat has rapped the Qatari calls to politicise pilgrimage and internationalise the holy sites.

“Such irresponsible calls serve the Iranian policies and interests”, said Bahrain Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Shaikh Humood bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa.

He reiterated Bahrain’s unwavering support to Saudi Arabia in combating terrorism and confronting challenges which target its security, stability and sovereignty as well as the GCC, Arab and Islamic countries.

In a statement to Al-Hayat newspaper, he slammed the Qatari policy of supporting and financing violent and extremist groups as well as its attempts to destabilise the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“Any call to internationalise the Two Holy Mosques represents a flagrant encroachment on the Saudi sovereignty and the security and stability of the GCC states”, he said, pointing out that the Government of Khomeini was the first to make such subversive calls.

The ambassador commended the strenuous efforts exerted by the Saudi Government, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, to serve the sacred sites, protect pilgrims without any discrimination and maintain security, stability and serenity during the Umrah and Hajj season.

He affirmed the unified stance of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt to confront the Qatar’s subversive policies and blatant interference in the quartet’s internal affairs to serve foreign designs while professing keenness on the GCC unity.

He refuted Doha allegations that Saudi discriminates against the Qatari pilgrims and dismissed such claims as totally untrue, hailing the Saudi tremendous Hajj efforts over more than eight decades.

He hailed deep-rooted relations binding the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the basis of fraternity, amity, mutual understanding and joint action.

He hailed Saudi support to Bahrain in defending national security and stability and confronting blatant Iranian and Qatari interference in its internal affairs.

“The Qatari Government’s interference affects Arab and Islamic states, leaving the quartet with no other option but to take measures to protect their security, stability, sovereignty, existence and identity”, he said.

He said that the crisis which was caused by the Government of Qatar shall be settled within the GCC, instead of seeking foreign interference or bypassing the real causes of the problem.

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