Tehran, Iran, March 18
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Iran and Saudi Arabia have at last come to terms over the Hajj pilgrimage and in 2017 Iran will start to send people to Mecca, after a 2-year standstill.
In 2017 Iran will send 85,000 people to the international religious event, to take place in the fall, the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said in an announcement published on its website March 18.
Two years ago Iran stopped participating in the ritual when around 400 of its nationals were crushed to death in Mecca.
Iran and Saudi Arabia started talks over the issue in late 2016. Saudi Arabia has still refrained from paying the money for those killed in the bitter incident in Mecca.
The hajj ritual has created a lucrative business in Iran. Many travel agencies that organize hajj pilgrimage not only for the annual gathering (called the tamatu’ hajj) but also for regular pilgrimage throughout the year (called the umra’ hajj) were left idle in the past two years when the government had boycotted the hajj.