Iran To Open Office In Saudi Arabia To Protect Iranian Hajj Pilgrims

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TEHRAN -- Iran plans to open an office in Saudi Arabia to protect their Hajj pilgrims as thousands of Iranians travel to Mecca and Medina every year to perform Hajj pilgrimage, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 2016 following an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in 2016

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 assistant chairman of the Iranian Haj organisation, Hameed Mohammadi.

“Because more than 75 per cent of the Iranian pilgrims are above 50 years old and have special conditions, 300 doctors will accompany them on the trip," Mohammadi said.

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