TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Talks between Iranian Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization and Saudis will be only about main Hajj in next year,” he said, adding it is not possible to resume Umrah or (Lesser Pilgrimage) at time being.
He said that the subjects of the talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia are being prepared and talks would be probably held late December.
He continued improving Hajj conditions is one of the demands sought by the Iranian organization, adding some parts are going to be removed or added to the last year agreement (between Iran and Saudi Arabia).
The talks are in line with providing better services and protecting people’s safety, he said.
A human crush in Mina, near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, in September 2015 killed thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of Iranians. The incident cast doubt on the kingdom’s efficiency in hosting the rituals.
Unofficial sources put the death toll at almost 7,000 people. Iran said about 465 of its nationals lost their lives in the incident.
Riyadh cut its ties with Tehran in early 2016 after protests were held in front of its Iran-based diplomatic missions against the kingdom’s earlier execution of leading Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.