AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The representative of Supreme Leader in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs and the caretaker of Iranian Hajj pilgrims said in a meeting with Indonesian ambassador in on Monday in Tehran that Iran is ready to share its experience on Hajj with Indonesia.
Abdolfattah Navvab, made the comment in a meeting with Ambassador Ronny P. Yuliantoro at his office in Tehran.
In the meeting in the presence of Dr. Ali Khayyat, the Supreme Leader’s representative in Hajj international affairs, Navvab said that Iran and Indonesia have throughout history enjoyed excellent relations, adding that Indonesia has a very influential role at the international scene and the international organizations today and our bilateral interactions there can contribute to our broader bilateral cooperation.
The representative of Supreme Leader in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs said that the Hajj has provided a precious opportunity for the Islamic societies, noting that Hajj is the best opportunity for every believer to communicate with God, but unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has for the 2nd consecutive year shut down this great Islamic ritual.
It would have been a lot more appropriate that the ground had been paved for performing of the world Muslims’ Hajj rituals, even at a very limited scale and while observing all health protocols so that the fragrant scent of Hajj would have been spread around the globe, added Navvab.
The Indonesian ambassador, too, said in the meeting that his country is ready for arranging a meeting between the Indonesian religious affairs minister to Tehran to consult with the concerned Iranian officials on Hajj pilgrimage affairs.
Ambassador Ronny P. Yuliantoro welcomed the Iranian Hajj official’s proposal on transfer of experience on Hajj and sharing it, saying that the signing of a bilateral health memorandum of understanding between the two countries during the past few days bears witness to the authenticity of this claim.
He meanwhile expressed regret that the Hajj rituals have been shut down for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic, depriving over five million Muslim enthusiasm of performing that great pilgrimage.