Published: 12:54, May 25, 2023 | Updated: 17:09, May 25, 2023
Ties restored: Syrians' Hajj pilgrimage to resume in 2024
By Xinhua

A general view of the Kabba at the Grand Mosque is seen during the Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on July 6, 2022. (PHOTO / AP)

DAMASCUS - Syrians' Hajj pilgrimage to the Islamic holy cities of Madinah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia will be resumed in 2024 after 12 years of suspension, Syria's head of Hajj affairs said Wednesday.

There will be no Hajj pilgrimage for Syrians this year as the relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia have just been restored and the Hajj arrangements need time and coordination, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper quoted Hassan Nasrallah as saying.

The Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in 2023 will be observed between July 18 and 23.

In the years when the Syrian-Saudi relations were severed, Syrian pilgrims who wanted to perform Hajj needed to obtain visas from neighboring countries.

Syria and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume consular services in April and restored full diplomatic relations this month.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended the Arab Summit held in Saudi Arabia last week for the first time in 12 years, marking the return of Syria to the Arab fold after long years of isolation.