DUBAI Iran has sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia for talks on Iranians attending haj, point out tv documented on Wednesday, after Tehran boycotted the Muslim pilgrimage very last 12 months.
Relations involving the two regional powers, who back rival sides in many Middle East conflicts, worsened after hundreds of folks, several of them Iranians, died in a crush at the 2015 pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Iran blamed the disaster on organizers’ incompetence, and boycotted very last year’s haj.
Ties worsened further more when Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia executed a Shi’ite cleric in January 2016, angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran, and Riyadh severed diplomatic relations.
Reza Salehi Amiri, Iran’s Islamic steering and tradition minister, told point out tv that Tehran was trying to get ensures to make sure the “dignity and basic safety” of the pilgrims before it agrees for the resumption of its participation in the pilgrimage, which starts this 12 months in late August. The delegation — including officers of Iran’s Haj and Pilgrimage Firm and reps of Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — left for Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday at the invitation of Saudi officers, the tv stated.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom enhancing by Sami Aboudi and Dominic Evans)