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Saudi King Salman opens doors for Qatari Hajj pilgrims despite ongoing rift

Saudi King Salman opens doors for Qatari Hajj pilgrims despite ongoing rift

Saudi Arabia will open its land border with Qatar to allow Hajj pilgrims to pass through, its official press agency said.

As the diplomatic feud between Doha and its Arab neighbors continues, Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya TV has published a video showing a Saudi fighter jet downing a Qatari passenger plane, saying it's an "option" for violating Riyadh's airspace.

The statement added that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Qatari pilgrims to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage at his expense.

The decision came after the kingdom received an envoy from Doha for the first time since Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June. Qatar denies the accusations.

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways: ICAO

The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been working with "various Middle Eastern states to ensure equitable access to airspace for Qatar-registered aircraft" since sanctions were announced on June 5, ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin said.

Saudi Arabia, and UAE reportedly tried last month to drag Baghdad into the spat but Abadi pushed off their requests.

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

Muslims are expected to perform the Hajj, one of Islam's five pillars, at least once in their lifetime, provided they are fit enough and have the financial means to do so.

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