Iran Says Committed to Hajj Agreement with Riyadh

Iran Says Committed to Hajj Agreement with Riyadh

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HajjMuslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the first rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage, which draws people from around the world to Mecca and areas around it to perform a series of rituals and prayers aimed at ultimately erasing past sins. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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An official from the Iranian pilgrimage office said,

upon the arrival of 23,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia,

declared his country’s commitment to bilateral agreements signed with Riyadh, which will cover the pilgrims’ arrival to the airport, residence days during their visit to the holy sites and, their departure.

The official also was thankful for the good treatment presented to the Iranian delegation in Jeddah and Medina airports.

According to Asharq Al-Awsat, executive assistant at the office Nasser Hawsawi said that the last Iranian mission is expected to arrive at the kingdom on the third of Zulhijja, making a total of 86,000 Iranian pilgrims.

Hawsawi denied any disagreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran on Hajj-related topics.

In 2016, The Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization of Iran insisted on carry out some rituals unrelated to Hajj, which led to Iran’s rejection to sign the Hajj agreement with the Kingdom, and depriving Iranian pilgrims from performing Hajj on that year.

In response to a question on what has been agreed upon with the Saudis, Hawsawi stated that “the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization of Iran has notified hajj convoys of the agreement and they will commit to it.”

He added that the Iranian convoys are well known for their organization, discipline, potentials and residence.

Commenting on the bilateral agreement to transport Iranian pilgrims, Hawsawi noted that Saudi Arabian Airlines and Iran Air are the exclusive carriers of Iranian pilgrims.

 Source: Asharq Alawsat

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