Saudi Official Directs Pakistani Govt to Stop signing Hajj agreement Indefinitely

Saudi Arabia has told Pakistan not to prepare a Hajj agreement as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world.

Saudi Arabia Hajj Minister Dr Saleh bin Taher Benten told the Pakistani government in a letter written on Thursday that there should be no agreement till the coronavirus situation is clear. Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has been addressed in the letter.

He wrote that the Saudi government is taking measures to remain careful. In the letter sent to Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Saudi Hajj and Umrah Minister Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten stated there should be no agreement during this time as the matter at hand is uncertain due to the lockdown and containment measures against the novel coronavirus.

The Saudi minister said the kingdom is closely monitoring the situation and will tell Pakistan about any updates relating to Hajj arangements. The letter read that Saudi Arabia is concerned for the life and health of the pilgrims.

The kingdom, according to Dr Mohammad Saleh, is continuously monitoring the situation.

He added that Pakistani authourities are in constant contact with Saudi Government’s top officials and they had assured that Pakistani Government will be informed in case of considerable improvement regarding the coronavirus situation was observed.