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Indian Muslims will not travel for Haj 2020 following Saudi decision

Wam/New Delhi
Filed on June 23, 2020
Muslims, India, not, attend, Haj, Saudi Arabia, pilgrimage, coronavirus, Covid-19

(IANS)

Minister for Minority Affairs announces that refunds will be provided to those who had applied to attend the pilgrimage.

Muslims from India will not go to the Holy Land to perform Haj this year, the Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, announced here on Tuesday.

This follows a phone conversation between Naqvi and the Minister for Haj and Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, on Monday.

Also read: Only thousands, not millions, may perform Haj 2020 due to coronavirus: Minister

The Saudi minister briefed Naqvi in detail about the Kingdom's efforts to fight Covid-19 infections. He suggested that India should not to send pilgrims for Haj this year.

Two-hundred-thousand Indian Muslims performed Haj in 2019 and half of them were women. About 213,000 people had already registered to travel for Haj this year, Naqvi told a press conference.

He said the government will immediately refund the full amount of money deposited by the applicants without any deduction following the Kingdom's preventive and precautionary measures during the 1441 H/ 2020 AD Haj season.


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