World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia has warned foreign Hajis against politicizing the annual pilgrimage, saying it would not tolerate any move to violate the event's sanctity and security, reported the Arab News.
"We have signed agreements with all foreign Haj missions to make sure their pilgrims strictly follow the Kingdom's regulations," said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar.
"Exploiting Haj for political purposes will be a violation of this agreement," he added.
The minister's statement is significant as it comes at a time when political disturbances are taking place in many parts of the Muslim world including Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.
The Saudi regulations strictly ban any type of demonstrations during Haj as such activities disturb the event's peaceful atmosphere.
Saudi authorities have decided to cut the number of foreign pilgrims by 20 percent and domestic pilgrims by 50 percent this year because of ongoing expansion work at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
The first groups of Haj pilgrims are expected to arrive by the end of this week.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 15:39