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Iranian Muslims made their annual Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia on Monday. Because of a disagreement between Tehran and Riyadh, they’d been prohibited from making this pilgrimage for almost 10 years.

In line with the official information company IRNA, “The primary group of Umrah pilgrims departed Iran for Saudi Arabia by the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran.”

Since Tehran and Riyadh determined to re-establish relations and reopen their respective embassies after greater than 9 years in a deal mediated by China final yr, this was the primary group of Iranians to undertake the pilgrimage.

Iranians weren’t permitted to carry out the Umrah till now, however they have been permitted to return for the Hajj pilgrimage final yr.

The 2 international locations noticed a breakup of relations resulting from assaults on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran throughout protests in opposition to Riyadh’s execution of the Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

In current months, Iranian state media introduced that pilgrims would have the ability to journey to Makkah for Umrah; nonetheless, they repeatedly attributed delays to technical points. A complete of 5,720 Iranian Umrah pilgrims have been anticipated to journey to Saudi Arabia this yr, in line with IRNA.

Abdullah bin Saud al-Anazi, the Saudi ambassador to Tehran, was on the airport on Monday together with various Iranian officers to see off the primary group of pilgrims.

Not like the hajj, which is likely one of the 5 pillars of Islam and happens on sure dates based mostly on the lunar calendar, Muslims can carry out the umrah pilgrimage to Mecca at any time of the yr.

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