Saudi Arabia says calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’

Reuters reports: “Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called Qatar’s demands for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, although it was unclear whether Qatar had actually made any such demand.

‘Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom,’ Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya’s website.

‘We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites,’ he said.

However, it was unclear whether Qatar made the demand. It did accuse the Saudis of politicizing Hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year…”

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