Pilgrims from Iran will be able this year to go on Hajj to Saudi Arabia

Dubai. March 17. INTERFAX – the Iranian pilgrims in 2017 will be able to perform the Hajj in Saudi Arabia once in 2016, they were precluded from doing so because of the strained relations between Riyadh and Tehran, said on Friday “Saudi Press Agency”.

“The Ministry of Hajj and organization of Iran has fulfilled all necessary conditions to the Iranian pilgrims had the opportunity to participate in the Hajj 1438, the year (in the Islamic calendar – Interfax)”, – quotes Agency the statement of the authorities of the Kingdom.

In 2016, the 64 thousand Iranian Shia pilgrims for the first time in almost 30 years are unable to perform the Hajj in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia due to the fact that the two countries could not agree on issues of security and logistics.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia during the Hajj due to stampede killed 460 Iranian citizens. Next year after unsuccessful negotiations with Riyadh, the Iranian authorities decided not to send the Iranian pilgrims in Hajj.

In addition, in early January of 2016, the Saudi authorities executed a death sentence against Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr. This execution was followed by the defeat of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the attack on the Consulate General of the Kingdom in the Iranian city of Mashhad. After that, Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Iran.