Iran and Saudi Arabia are carrying on dialogues for sending Iranian pilgrims to main Hajj.
"We have had good progress in the negotiations. The pilgrims will be dispatched (to Saudi Arabia) for main Hajj next year in case we reach an agreement on remaining issues,” said Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi.
There have been several sessions held between the two countries to discuss demands and expectations of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranians pilgrims, he added.
Dignity of Iranian pilgrims, providing medical services, consular services and other issues have been discussed in the sessions, Mohammadi said, adding, Saudi Hajj Ministry has agreed with some of demands raised by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including removing limitations on medical services to Iranian pilgrims and providing consular services for them.
Iran decided to stop sending pilgrims to Hajj over security concerns after two deadlyincidents claimed the lives of more than 470 Iranian pilgrims during the 2015 Hajj rituals.
Days after the deadly human crush, which occurred in September 2015, Saudi Arabia published a death toll of 770 but refused to update it despite gradually surging fatality figures from individual countries whose nationals had been among the victims of the crush. Iran said about 4,700 people, including over 465 of its nationals, lost their lives in the incident.
Earlier that month, a massive construction crane had collapsed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 pilgrims, including 11 Iranians, and injuring over 200 others, among them 32 Iranian nationals.