Kingdom rejects accusations it is preventing Gaza Palestinians from performing Hajj

November 30, 2008

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement today in which it deplores false accusations leveled a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council as regards Palestinians in Gaza not getting visas for the Kingdom to perform Hajj.


The statement said the Saudi Arabia views all Palestinians on equal footing.

"The Kingdom has given thousands of Palestinians from all Occupied Territories, including the Gaza Strip, visas for the Kingdom to perform Hajj, which were delivered to the Palestinian Authority.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia has increased the visa quota for Palestinians, taking into account the circumstances of their humanitarian conditions.

In addition to this, all Saudi outlets are ready to receive them, and to facilitate their performance of Hajj rituals."