OIC welcomes Saudi decision to hold Hajj this year

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The Kingdom successfully managed the annual Hajj pilgrimage last year without compromising on the pilgrims’ safety and health amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic…reports Asian Lite News

The secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, lauded the Saudi Arabia’s decision to hold this year’s Hajj amid strict COVID-19 safety measures to ensure pilgrims’ safety.

Al-Othaimeen praised the Kingdom’s leadership for their efforts to serve the pilgrims, the Arab News reported.

He said Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to the health and safety of pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques, it was reported.

The Kingdom successfully managed the annual Hajj pilgrimage last year without compromising on the pilgrims’ safety and health amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The OIC chief lauded the Saudi authorities for utilizing all resources to serve pilgrims.

It was on Sunday, Saudi Arabia had announced its plan to hold this year’s Haj pilgrimage under Covid safety measures that will ensure preserving the health and safety of the worshippers.

The health authorities in the Kingdom continue to assess conditions and take all measures to protect the health and well-being of the public, state media quoted the Ministry of Haj and Umrah as saying on Sunday.

It added that organisation details of the Haj season will be announced later, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Ministry did not mention whether foreign pilgrims will be allowed to attend this season.

The Kingdom had organised an exceptional Haj season last year with a limited number of pilgrims as part of precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19.

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