Iran, Saudi Arabia ink deal on this year’s Hajj: Minister

Iran, Saudi Arabia ink deal on this year’s Hajj: Minister
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TEHRAN: Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Seyed Abbas Salehi said the ministry has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah about the dispatch of Iranian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
Salehi pointed to the latest measures and preparations for sending Iranian nationals to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and said that an agreement has been signed between the two sides.
“…,we have made frequent trips to Saudi Arabia to make preparations for the pilgrims’ trips and the required arrangements,” he added.
The minister went on to say that Tehran-Riyadh negotiations on the issue of Hajj pilgrimage have been on “a good path” and that there has been no problem so far.
Earlier this week, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Faction announced that the number of Iranian pilgrims who will participate in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia will be 5,000 more than those attending the rituals in 2017.
Last year, 85,000 Iranian pilgrims attended the Hajj ceremonies, Hojatoleslam Ahad Azadikhah siad, adding that the country’s quota for Hajj 2018 has increased by 5,000.
Therefore, 90,000 pilgrims and 5,000 people involved in organizing the event are planned to go on the pilgrimage this year, he went on to say.