Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday, June 23 informed that India has honoured the decision of Saudi Arabia Government to ban international pilgrims to perform Haj.
Saudi Arabian authorities have announced that they will hold 'very limited' Hajj this year, instead of the millions who usually flock to Islam's holiest sites, amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.
The authorities have informed that only people living in the kingdom will be allowed to take part in the annual pilgrimage for this year.
It is to be noted that Naqvi had a telephonic conversation with Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, Saudi Minister for Haj who had urged him not to send pilgrims from India to the pilgrimage this year due to coronavirus pandemic.
Honoring the Saudi Govt decision, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated that "We have decided that Haj pilgrims from India will not be sent to Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2020."