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A view of the Kaaba, Mecca (file photo)

A view of the Kaaba, Mecca (file photo)

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran's Foreign Ministry and the country’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization are shoring up their efforts to resolve the visa issue for the Iranian Hajj pilgrims who travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Spokesman of Iran's Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini said Monday that Hajj is a religious duty and must not be affected by political issues. Naqavi-Hosseini added that all Muslims, including Iranians, should have the right to travel to Mecca. Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had stopped issuing visas for Iranian pilgrims. Meanwhile, another Iranian lawmaker Javad Jahangirzadeh said on Monday that the halt in granting visas might be related to an order by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to the country’s security forces. Press TV reported on June 28 that King Abdullah ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert over what he called a 'turbulent situation' in the region. The Saudi Defense Ministry consequently put all armed forces on high alert, saying that all the forces in and out of the kingdom were ready to take part in an operation dubbed as “al-Farouq.” MYA/GHN/HJL
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