8:51 - March 11, 2017
News ID: 3462378
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said negotiations with Saudi Arabia over participation of Iranian pilgrims in this year’s Hajj are still ongoing.

Hajj Talks with Saudi Arabia Continue: Iranian Official

Hamid Mohammadi said the talks with Saudi Arabia’s Hajj ministry continue on some of the remaining issues.

He said one of the main topics being discussed is pursuing the rights of the victims of the Mina disaster and their families.

Earlier this week, Mohammadi said some progress has been made in the most recent round of talks with Saudis on Hajj pilgrimage.

Heading a delegation, Mohammadi has been in the kingdom since last week for negotiations with the Arab country’s minister of Hajj and Umrah.

According to Mohammadi, the recent talks were focused on Tehran’s main demands, including respect for Iranian pilgrims, treating them with dignity, and procedures to ensure their safety during the Hajj season.

If compromise is reached on the other issues as well, Iranian pilgrims will have the chance to go on pilgrimage to Mecca this year, Mohammadi said.

More than 1.8 million faithful took part in the 2016 Hajj, but Iranians stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following a deadly stampede during the 2015 pilgrimage.

On September 2, 2015, thousands of people lost their lives in a deadly crush after Saudi authorities blocked a road in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to collide.

The crush was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage. According to an Associated Press count based on official statements from the 36 countries that lost citizens in the disaster, more than 2,400 pilgrims were killed in the incident.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed in the incident, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say about 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives.

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