ISLAMABAD: Embassy of Saudi Arabia has clarified that Saudi ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that this year Irani Hujjaj would not perform Hajj as the delegation of Iran, which visited Saudi Arabia refused to sign agreement regarding Iranian pilgrims.
Embassy of Saudi Arabia here in Islamabad in a statement blamed Iran her government will be responsible before Allah Almighty and its people for inability of the Iranian citizens to perform Hajj this year.
Statement said that Saudi ministry of Hajj and Umrah also clarified that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejected categorically to politicize Hajj rituals. Upon the directives of the King, the ministry of Hajj and Umrah is always ready to cooperate for serving and facilitating the pilgrims form each and every country.
Statement further said that a Iranian delegation visited KSA to resolve the issue of Irani Hajis on 12th May this year . During their visit the members of delegation alsao performed Umrah , but refused to ink a agreement regarding Iranian Hajis for this year.
In compliance with the directives of Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abulaziz Al-Saud and his sagacious government, Saudi responded to the desire of the Chairman of Iranian Organization of Hajj and visits and his accompanying delegation to come to the Kingdom for signing to perform Hajj rituals in this year.
The ministry formally received the delegation and provided all facilities to them, including perform Umrah. After that, continuous protracted meetings were held on 25 to 26, May. The two sides dealt with all topics that have been discussed.
The ministry suggested a number of solutions for all points raised by the Iranian Organization included issuing visas electronically from inside Iran in accordance with mechanism agreed with Saudi Foreign Ministry. In which transporting of pilgrims equally between the Saudi national carrier and Iranian national carrier. Approving the Iranian request by letting it to be diplomatically represented through the Swiss embassy in order to take care of Iranian pilgrims’ interests. It was immediately with the competent authorities for implementation.