Iran to open office in S. Arabia to protect Iranian Hajj pilgrims

IRNA – Preliminary agreements have been made to open an office in Saudi Arabia to solve the potential problems of Iranians during Hajj pilgrimage, said Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization on Monday.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but every year thousands of Iranians travel to Mecca and Medina to perform Hajj pilgrimage.

This year, 85,200 Iranians will attend Hajj ceremony and about 3,000 personnel members, including office workers, doctors, service workers, and transportation and residence workers will accompany them, said Hameed Mohammadi.

‘Because more than 75% of the Iranian pilgrims are above 50 years old and have special conditions, 300 doctors accompany them on the trip,’ Mohammadi said.

Hajj flights from Iran to Saudi Arabia start on 18 July.