Qatar welcomes Saudi border opening, even if 'politically-motivated'

August 17, 2017 14:01

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STOCKHOLM - Qatar welcomes the opening of the Saudi-Qatari border enabling Qataris to go on pilgrimage to Mecca, even if the move is politically-motivated, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Thursday.

"Despite the fact it's been politically-motivated to ban the Qatari people from haj and politically that they allow them ... we welcome such a step, which is a step forward to get rid of this blockade which is imposed against my country," Sheikh Mohamed told a news conference on a visit to Sweden.

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