“I am pleased to send an invitation to the Tunisian and Moroccan national teams to visit the kingdom and do Umrah, on the occasion of their qualification to the 2018 World Cup,” the royal advisor wrote.
13th November 2017: The invitation was informally announced by Turki Al-Cheikh, the sports advisor to the royal cabinet of Saudi Arabia on his official Twitter account.
Both teams, the Atlas Lions and the Tunisian Carthage Eagles has been given an invitation to perform the Umrah pilgrimage next summer.
It is a historic moment before for the first time four Arab speaking countries, including Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
Morocco ended their 20-year wait for a World Cup place after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 on Saturday to lead Group C with 12 points from six games.
On the same day, Tunisia settled for a 0-0 draw against Libya to make their first World Cup appearance since 2006.