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Islamic organ commends Saudi for improving haj conditions

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. More than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage on September 10, which for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Rabat: The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) on Thursday commend Saudi Arabia’s efforts to improve haj conditions.

“The great efforts, huge projects and large-scale preparations carried out by Saudi Arabia serve the pilgrims and secure the best conditions of comfort and security for them to perform the haj ritual,” Xinhua quoted ISESCO as saying.

It also underscored the member states’ respect for Saudi Arabia and their appreciation of its care of the two holy mosques, pilgrims and umrah performers from all over the world.

Meanwhile, the Islamic organ deemed the Iranian government’s decision not to send pilgrims this year as “insisting on imposing unacceptable conditions, which testify to their determination, as in previous haj seasons, to politicise the haj and make confusion among the pilgrims.”

The ISESCO also expressed astonishment at “the persistence of Iranian officials to breach the haj regulations observed by all the countries of the Islamic world”.