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Iranian pilgrims to attend Hajj ritual as of mid-June: Official

Tehran, An Iranian official announced Wednesday that the Iranian pilgrims will start travelling to Saudi Arabia as of June 17 to perform major Hajj rituals.

Near 83,000 Iranians are to attend this year's Hajj ritual, Hamid Mohammadi, head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, said at a local gathering in the Iranian capital this morning.

Mohammadi added the pilgrims should follow the host country's laws and security questions based on mutual respect.

Iranian pilgrims couldn't attend the great religious ritual in 2016 as the Saudi officials failed to ensure security for them based on provisions made by the Iranian officials after the tragic incident in 2015.

About 500 Iranian pilgrims were killed during a stampede in Sept 2015 Hajj annual congregation when, according to reports, two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, on their way to perform the 'Stoning of the Devil' ritual at Jamarat.

The annual Hajj is a major religious duty for Muslims and must be performed at least once during a Muslim's lifetime.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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