Riyadh agrees to Iran consulates during hajj
TEHRAN: Iran will be allowed to set up temporary consulates in Saudi Arabia during the hajj pilgrimage despite the absence of diplomatic ties between the two rivals, the foreign ministry in Tehran said yesterday. “Some officials from the foreign ministry’s consular section will be deployed to Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah to provide consular services to Iranian pilgrims during the hajj,” spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. Iranians were unable to attend the hajj last year after talks on security and logistics fell apart. But an agreement was reached earlier this year to allow Iranians to take part in this September’s hajj.