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Syria slams Saudi Arabia for ‘politicizing’ hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain said on Sunday they would allow Qatari planes to use air corridors in emergencies.Riyadh, Dammam- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has rejected a complaint by Qatar, made in accordance to Article 54 (N) of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago 1944), over measures adopted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.The four Arab states involved in the diplomatic row with Qatar are violating global law and abusing the rights of Qatari nationals by isolating Doha, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulrahman said on Monday.The demands include closing the state-funded Al Jazeera media network, reducing diplomatic ties with Iran, and halting the construction of a Turkish military base in Qatar.Qatar has hit back, calling the accusations “baseless”.Four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar met Sunday to discuss the diplomatic crisis, insisting on compliance with a list of sweeping demands while refraining for now from imposing more punitive measures against the Gulf state.Later in June, the four Arab countries urged Qatar to abide by a 13-point list of demands if it wanted the crippling blockade lifted.In comments to Qatar-based Al Jazeera, Qatar’s transport and information minister said the boycotting countries had discriminated against Doha in violation of an global agreement guaranteeing overflights.Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt expressed their readiness for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it declares its genuine and practical willingness to stop supporting and funding terrorism and extremism.The quartet issued 13 demands that included shutting down Qatar’s al Jazeera TV network and severing ties with Iran.As part of the boycott, the four countries also expelled Qatari expatriates.To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar’s food supply crossed.”[Qataris] speak of every issue except how to put an end to their support of terrorism”, said Jubeir, accusing Qatar of not being “genuine”.It was also announced that there will be no new economic sanctions to be imposed on the Gulf state.On Saturday, a Qatari rights body said Saudi Arabia was “politicizing” the Hajj pilgrimage by introducing certain restrictions on pilgrims from Qatar.Qatar’s National Human Rights Commission said Saudi Arabia is only letting Qataris into Mecca via its capital, Doha.