(IRNA) The Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri said on Wednesday that all the conditions of Iran in order to provide security for Iranian Hajj pilgrims and safeguarding their honor were accepted and inked by the Saudi officials.
Salehi-Amiri added that safeguarding the Iranian pilgrims’ honor and respect is a top priority for Iranian officials.
He added that the first group of the pilgrims will leave for Saudi Arabia on July 31.
Iranian pilgrims couldn’t attend the great religious ritual of Hajj in 2016 as the Saudi officials failed to ensure security for them based on provisions made by the Iranian officials after the tragic incident in 2015.
About 500 Iranian pilgrims were killed during a stampede in 2015 Hajj annual congregation when, according to reports, two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, on their way to performing the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ ritual at Jamarat.
It is incumbent on Muslims to perform Hajj at least once during their lifetimes, if possible.