RIYADH: Iranian pilgrims will take part on this 12 months’s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia stated on Friday, after an absence final 12 months throughout tensions between the regional rivals.
“The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have accomplished all the mandatory measures to make sure Iranian pilgrims carry out hajj 1438 in response to the procedures adopted by all Muslim international locations,” the official Saudi Press Company stated, referring to this 12 months within the Islamic calendar.
For the primary time in practically three a long time, Iran’s pilgrims – which might have numbered about 60,000 – didn’t attend the hajj in 2016 after the 2 international locations did not agree on safety and logistics.
Riyadh and Tehran don’t have any diplomatic relations, and tensions stay as Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia repeatedly accuses Iran of fuelling regional conflicts by supporting armed Shia actions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.
However the Saudi hajj ministry stated on Friday that the dominion, the birthplace of Islam and custodian of its holiest websites, welcomes “all pilgrims from all of the totally different nationalities and backgrounds”.
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