TEHRAN: Iran said Tuesday it had eventually received an respectable invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this 12 months´s hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.
There was no reputable Iranian delegation ultimately yr´s pilgrimage to the Muslim holy locations after Saudi Arabia severed family members with Iran following the torching of its missions in Tehran and Mashhad by means of protesters in January closing yr.
It used to be the primary time in three decades that Iranian pilgrims had been absent and the end result of years of worsening family members over the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
“The Iranian delegation will commute to Saudi Arabia on February 23… and we hope to get tangible results,” hajj affairs representative Ali Ghazi Askar instructed the Mizan online information website.
“in the interim, nothing is certain and we will attend the hajj as long as the situation is ready for us,” he mentioned.
“indisputably, there are issues that need to be resolved.” Negotiations for Iranian pilgrims to sign up for ultimate 12 months´s hajj broke down over the questions of the place their visas will have to be issued and the way their security can be ensured following the deaths of 464 Iranians in a stampede on the 2015 hajj.
The tone of the invitation is “not that much completely different from prior letters”, Askar mentioned prior Tuesday. “All matters regarding the hajj — together with accommodation, meals, medical affairs, transport, pilgrims´ security, banking and consular considerations — should right away be studied and acceptable options put forward.”
The Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper pronounced on December 30 that Saudi Pilgrimage Minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 international locations, together with Iran, on the arrangements for the 2017 hajj.