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Union Minister Smriti Irani meets Indian volunteers and Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Union Minority Affairs Minister Smriti Irani along with Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Monday met Indian volunteers providing dedicated service to Indian Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and also interacted with Umrah pilgrims from India.

Irani, who also serves as the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, on Monday visited the city of Medina, one of the holiest cities in Islam.

“Today made a historic visit to Medina, one of the holiest cities of Islam, including a visit to the revered Prophet’s Mosque, Al Masjid Al Nabawi, the mountains of Uhud and the perimeter of the Quba Mosque – the first mosque of Islam,” he wrote in a statement on Said in the post.

“The importance of visiting these sites, courtesy of the Saudi authorities, is linked to early Islamic history, underscoring the depth of our cultural and spiritual connections,” he said.

According to an official statement, the delegation interacted with Indian volunteers who provide dedicated and selfless service to Indian Haj pilgrims, including Haj 2023. The delegation also interacted with Umrah pilgrims from India.

It said the visit will help provide first-hand information on the arrangements required to ensure a comfortable Hajj 2024 for Indian pilgrims.

“The Government of India is deeply committed to assist in providing facilities and services to Indian Muslims undertaking Haj pilgrimage, thereby providing them a comfortable and fulfilling experience,” it said.

The statement said India and Saudi Arabia enjoy warm and cordial relations and the Government of India deeply appreciates the special initiative of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in facilitating this visit of the Indian delegation to Madinah.

On Sunday, India and Saudi Arabia signed the bilateral Haj Agreement 2024, under which New Delhi has been allotted a quota of 1,75,025 pilgrims for the annual Haj pilgrimage in 2024.

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Apart from the headline, there have been no edits to the copy by ABP Live.)



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