Iran Sends Delegation to Saudi Arabia for Hajj Talks

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Friday, 20 January 2017

Iranian Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri said the country has sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia for negotiations on participation of Iranian pilgrims in this year’s Hajj.

Salehi Amiri on Thursday said the five-strong delegation is headed by Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi.

He added that Iran has seven major preconditions for dispatching pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year, the most important of which is receiving guarantees that the safety and dignity of Iranian pilgrims will be preserved.

Last week, Ali Qazi-Askar, the representative of Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs, confirmed that Iran has received an invitation from Saudi Arabia for talks on the 2017 Hajj pilgrimage, adding that a delegation will go to the kingdom for the negotiations.

More than 1.8 million faithful took part in last year’s Hajj, but Iranians stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following a deadly stampede during the 2015 pilgrimage.

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