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Dr. Hamid Mohammadi (L) head of the Iranian delegation with the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umra, Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bin Taher Benten. SPA

Jeddah- Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Bantan has discussed working programs of the operational plans prepared for the Iranian pilgrims for the Hajj season this year with Head of the Haj Tawafa Establishment for the Iranian pilgrims Dr. Talal Qutb.

Minister Bantan focused on development proposals for the services provided to the Iranian pilgrims coming from abroad this season, who will be more than 83,800 pilgrims in addition to 2,400 office members, who will come from Iran to perform Hajj rituals.

This step comes as Bantan made on Wednesday an inspection tour of the headquarters of the Haj Tawafa Establishment for the Iranian pilgrims.

Their discussion covered almost all aspects of the Haj operation, including reception of pilgrims and their grouping, as well as accommodation, transportation, food, awareness programs, and other services and facilities since their arrival until departure.

The minister underlined the need for improving the services and facilities so as to enable pilgrims perform their rituals in ease and comfort.

He also toured the facilities of the United Zamzams Office in Makkah in order to identify the programs and operational plans of the institutions and offices for the Hajj season this year, which include many of the objectives and mechanisms of implementation, evaluation, follow-up and supervision.

For his part, Qutb said that electronic visas are being issued for the pilgrims. He said that the arrangements for the pilgrims from Iran started immediately after the end of the last Haj season.

“The arrangements for the Iranian pilgrims were not different from that of pilgrims from other parts of the world,” he said, adding that all the preparations are well in place to enable the Iranian pilgrims perform their rituals in peace and tranquility.