The foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir condemned the call by the leadership of Qatar to pass under international control of the main Shrine of Islam, located in Mecca and Medina.
«These statements are a blatant aggression, a Declaration of war. We reserve the right to answer any attempt of internationalization of the Holy places,» — said the Minister in interview to TV channel «al Arabiya».
Al-Jubeir confirmed that Saudi Arabia is happy to accept Qatari participants in the Hajj, however, noted that the Kingdom will not allow this issue has become political.
Saudi sources also claim that the Qatari leadership itself preclude the desire of its citizens to make the pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. In this responsibility it tries to impose on Riyadh.
We will remind that earlier with a call to establish international control over Mecca and Medina were made by Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He laid on the government of the Kingdom of responsibility for the death in 2015, hundreds of Iranian pilgrims.