Jul 28, 2021, 2:47 PM
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Official says resuming Iran-Saudi Arabia ties will pave grounds for Umrah

Tehran, IRNA - Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Ali-Reza Rashidian expressed hope for dispatching Iranian pilgrims to Umrah after resuming ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Rashidian hoped for dispatching Iranian pilgrims to Iraq and Syria by observing health protocols.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have started a rapprochement process and the reconciliation-seeking literature used by officials of both counties as well as holding several talks bespeaks their efforts to peacefully solve disagreements.

According to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the event of Hajj is exercising power against the global arrogance that is the centerpiece of corruption, oppression, and pillage.

Hajj shows nations' capabilities. If Hajj organizers submit to and seek God’s pleasure rather than the US, Hajj can solve the Muslim World's big problems," Supreme Leader added.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh recently reacted to Saudi Foreign Minister Faysal Bin Farhan who said the kingdom welcomed dialog with Iran, saying that Iran has always been seeking peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Republica, Farahan expressed hoped that ongoing talks between Tehran and Riyadh would lead to solving disagreements.

This was not the first positive statement from Saudi officials. Asked about the possibility of reestablishing ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman said that Iran was ultimately a neighbor and the kingdom hoped to establish a good and distinctive relationship with Iran. The statements were warmly welcomed by Iran.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have so far held three rounds of talks in Baghdad, according to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who said last month that they wait for the new administration in Iran to take office.

Observers highlight some several reasons behind Saudi Arabia’s change in mind, including its entanglement in the war in Yemen, overall change in US regional policy by the new administration and the ongoing talks between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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