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Bahrain’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia denounces Qatar's call to internationalize holy sites



Bahrain's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Shaikh Hamoud bin Abdullah Al Khalifa denounced the Qatari government's call for politicizing the Hajj and its attempts to internationalize the holy sites to serve Iran's policy and interests, calling it "irresponsible."

Al-Khalifa told Al-Hayat on Friday that the Kingdom of Bahrain strongly supports all the stances of Saudi Arabia, especially those that promote the fight against transnational terrorism, affirming that his country stands with Saudi Arabia in facing the crucial challenges that threaten the security, sovereignty, stability, prosperity and development of the GCC States and the Arab and Islamic States and all their peoples.

The Bahraini ambassador said that the government of Qatar claims that it is concerned with defending security and stability in the region, while supporting and financing organizations and parties that pursue a policy of extremism, terrorism, violence and aggression. Therefore, it works to divide the Gulf ranks and undermine the foundations of the GCC.

Shaikh Hamoud stressed that the talk about the internationalization of the Holy Places in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a blatant attack on the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and the security and stability of the Arab Gulf countries and distorting the historical facts prevailing since the establishment of the modern Saudi state, and Is in the service of Iranian policies and goals against the aspirations of the countries and peoples of the region, as Khomeini's government was the first to raise such subversive demands.

The Bahraini ambassador praised the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to serve the Holy Places and protect the pilgrims and ensure their performance in a comfortable and easy way away from any discrimination and ensure the security, stability and tranquility of the Umrah and pilgrimage.

The Ambassador of Bahrain expressed his country's pride in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, for his great efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, as well as strengthening the Islamic and Arab solidarity, protecting the security of the Arab Gulf and preserving its stability, and ensuring the comprehensive development of what guarantees the Saudi people their precious life.

Shaikh Hamoud affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt stand in a unified and consistent position to confront the Qatari policy aimed at destabilizing the Gulf and Arab security and directly interfering in the internal affairs of these countries in the interest of foreign benefits, while the Government of Qatar claims to be interested in strengthening the GCC system.

Shaikh Hamoud pointed out that these Qatari allegations that Saudi Arabia is pursuing a policy of discrimination against Qatari pilgrims are incorrect and contravene the reality of more than 80 years, the whole Muslim world is witnessing the Kingdom's great efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, the pilgrims and their affairs, and the development of Hajj services and the expansion of the two Holy Mosques. He called on the ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to neutralize the rite of Hajj and Umrah on any political goals, denouncing the country's efforts and allegations in this regard, which are consistent with the Iranian approach intended to convert the pilgrimage to political ends which are irrelevant.

He also praised the strong brotherly and historical relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia at all levels, pointing out that they are based on solid foundations of love, affection, brotherhood, understanding and joint action.

The Ambassador reiterated Bahrain's thanks and appreciation for the support it receives from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its efforts to maintain its security and stability in the face of ongoing Iranian and Qatari interventions in its internal affairs.

The Ambassador said that "the Qatari government's interference affects all the brothers in the Arab and Islamic countries and did not leave the four countries with an option to maintain security and stability in these countries except by taking the latest measures in defense of their sovereignty and protection of their identity and existence. «The solution to the crisis caused by the Government of Qatar lies in the Gulf framework, and not in escaping to foreign interventions and running from the real causes of the problem».

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