An Iranian delegation of representatives is going to visit Saudi Arabia on February 23 to discuss with Saudi officials the issue of Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage which has been on halt for Iranians for the past year or so.
The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative on Hajj Affairs Ali Qazi Askar said the mission will be dispatched in response to a Saudi invitation of Iran to resume sending people on the pilgrimage, IRNA news agency reported on January 11.
Iran stopped sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia after a deadly crush during the Hajj in Mecca in 2015, which resulted in the death of 464 Iranians and several hundred others.
Tehran said it stopped sending people on Hajj because Riyadh failed to guarantee the security of Iranian pilgrims.
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