Iranian delegation to visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj discussions

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA – The representative of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar said Iran is sending a delegation to Saudi Arabia Feb 23 to discuss next Hajj with the Saudi officials.

He said the visit is taking place upon an invitation his organization has received from Saudi Arabia.

He said the delegation is due to outline Iran’s views.

The senior official expressed hope that the visit would facilitate preparations for the coming Hajj rituals.

Qazi-Akar further stressed that nothing about the coming Hajj ritual is definite for Iran yet as there are many issues to be settled.

He said Iran is not going to attend the Hajj ritual before the conditions it requires are met.

The Caretaker of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi had said earlier that Iran' main pre-condition for sending pilgrims to Hajj rituals is to get security guarantees from the Saudi government.

Some 477 Iranian Hajj pilgrims were killed in a stampede in Mina and collapse of a crane in Masjid ul-Haram last year.