Hajj and Umrah offices in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are witnessing continuous coordination between them at the level of campaigners, in order to operate trips for Umrah and Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The owner of the Qatari Hajj and Umrah campaign, Muhammad Al Hammadi, revealed that the owners of the Hajj and Umrah campaigns have received offers from the Saudi offices regarding Hajj and Umrah, indicating that there is great cooperation in this field for the sake of the comfort of Umrah and Qatari pilgrims.
Al-Hammadi said in statements to “Etisalat” on Qatar Radio that campaigners are currently communicating with the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs to coordinate these trips.
Al-Hammadi said, “We are now rescheduling these campaigns after a three-year hiatus, and we are currently studying all these matters.”
Al-Hammadi stressed the full readiness of the campaign owners, pointing out that relations were not severed with Saudi offices, even during the crisis, with regard to Hajj and Umrah.
He indicated that his office had received a letter from a Saudi office about cooperation regarding Umrah trips, noting the great cooperation with Saudi offices in this regard.
It is noteworthy that the Hajj and Umrah trips between Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been greatly affected during the last three years as a result of the crisis in the relations between the two countries.
During the past years, the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs called on the concerned Saudi authorities to remove all obstacles for Qataris and residents of Qatar to perform the Umrah Hajj.
Saudi Arabia denied at the time, and said that “Qatar’s continuous attempts to politicize the Hajj and put obstacles in front of the pilgrims of the State of Qatar, will not discourage the Kingdom from providing all facilities for their arrival to perform the fifth pillar of Islam.”
Since July 5, 2017, the Gulf region has witnessed severe internal tension against the background of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severing their relations with Qatar, and stopping the maritime, land and air traffic with Qatar, which the four countries accused of “supporting terrorism” and turning away from the Arab region towards Iran and Turkey. It led to a political crisis between the aforementioned countries, in addition to a massive media war.
In a major breakthrough to settle this crisis, the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Egypt adopted, at the Gulf summit hosted by the Saudi city of Al-Ula on January 5th, a statement affirming the “unity of the Gulf ranks” and laying down basic principles for resolving tension.
Source: Al Sharq Qatar + agencies