Saudi invites rival Iran for talks on hajj return

More than 1.8 million Muslim pilgrims took part in this year's hajjSaudi Arabia has invited regional rival Iran to discuss a return of its nationals to next year’s hajj after Iranians were excluded from the pilgrimage following a major diplomatic row, reports said Friday. The Al-Hayat daily reported that Riyadh’s pilgrims minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, to work out the details of the 2017 hajj. “Iran’s hajj delegation was invited to come to the kingdom” for preparations, the paper said.

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