Iranian Muslims will miss the annual Haj pilgrimage in September this year because Tehran and Riyadh failed to agree organisational details after they cut diplomatic ties in January, the Irna news agency reported on Thursday.
Iran plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss new arrangements for the Haj pilgrimage to Makkah, Iran's Tasnim news agency said on Wednesday, the first official visit by either side since ties were severed in January.
Saudi Arabia has suspended licenses granted to Iran's Mahan Air to fly through its air space or land at its airports due to violations of local safety rules, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) said on Monday.
Madinah’s Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport will open its Haj terminal tomorrow (January 1) in anticipation of the mass influx of Umrah pilgrims, according to a report.
Offering 28 additional counters, all proced
The deadly crush that occurred at the haj near Makkah last month killed at least 2,070 people, nearly triple the number accounted for in a death toll maintained by Saudi authorities, a Reuters tally indicated on Thursday.
A senior Saudi religious leader on Friday denounced "lies" being spread about the kingdom after more than 1,350 people died in tragedies that struck this year's pilgrimage.
In his first major remarks touching on the
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has firmly rejected Iran's criticism of Saudi Arabia's handling of the Haj pilgrimage.
The foreign minister, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, made his remarks
The death toll in a crush at the annual haj pilgrimage outside Makkah rose to 769, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, as arch-rival Iran said Saudi officials should be tried in an international court for what it called a crime.
Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage, on Friday suggested pilgrims failing to follow crowd control rules bore some blame for the worst disaster at the event for 25 y