Saudi Arabia: Calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called what he said was Qatar’s demand for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, but Qatar said it never made such a call.

“Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom,” Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya’s website.

“We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites,” he said.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said no official from his country had made such a call.

“We are tired of responding to false information and stories invented from nothing,” Sheikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera TV.

Qatar did accuse the Saudis of politicizing hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain previously issued a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which included curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with Gulf enemy Iran.

On Sunday, foreign ministers of the four countries said they were ready for dialogue with Qatar if it showed willingness to tackle their demands.



9 responses to “Saudi Arabia: Calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’”

  1. Niemals Avatar

    Internationalization means adaptation to and cooperation between several religions and culture.

    The difference between globalization and internationalization is that the former refers to a repeal of national culture and religions, while the latter means cooperation over them.

    Muslims don’t like internationalization of holy sites, that’s why it is ‘a declaration of war’, but if we in the EU prevent the construction of new mosques funded by Saudi Arabia it still is a declaration of war (against Islam…).

    1. ” (against Islam…).”
      Islam has declared war against the West along time ago. It is against everything the West stands for, yet they still flock to Western countries and enjoy the welfare and hate the culture that provides for them.
      A local Lebanese Maronite recently commented to me regarding recent Salafist refugees to the area. He said they my not be a big problem now, but in 20 years things will change for the worst. He was fearful of the new arrivals.

      1. Niemals Avatar

        “There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”

        Muammar al-Gaddafi

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