There had been progress in talks with Saudi Arabia on allowing citizens of the Islamic republic to join this year’s Haj, despite some remaining issues according to Iran.
Iranians were forbidden to perform Hajj last year after the two countries severed diplomatic ties and failed to agree on security measures.
The ISNA news agency quoted Ali Ghazi Askar that “Most of the questions up for discussion have been resolved and a couple of issues are remaining.”
The Iranian supreme leader’s representative for Haj affairs, as saying. “If those questions are resolved, we hope pilgrims will soon be sent to Saudi Arabia,” he added.
According to Askar Iran had also raised the sexual assault of two Iranian teenage boy pilgrims by Saudi police in Jeddah airport earlier that year. “The culprits have been sentenced by Saudi Arabia to four years in prison and 1,000 lashes and dismissed from duty,” Askar said.
It happened first time in three decades last year that Iran was barred from Hajj. A key issue has been compensation for the families of hundreds of people killed in a stampede during the 2015 Haj. Iran says 464 of its citizens died in the disaster.