Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

  • Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

The hajj ritual has created a lucrative business in Iran.

"The Prince's senior advisor, who attended the White House on his behalf, said in a statement that the meeting was a "huge success" that marked a historic turning point in the bilateral relations [between the] two countries".

Following negotiations with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Iranian officials have been assured that the country's pilgrims will be able to make a pilgrimage to Mecca with security and dignity, and will be offered appropriate consular and medical services, the statement added.

For the first time in almost three decades Iran's pilgrims - which would have numbered about 60,000 - did not attend last year's Hajj after Riyadh and Tehran failed to agree on security and logistics. Saudi Arabia put the death toll at 769, whereas independent counts by countries repatriating bodies suggest as many as 2,426 people may have died.

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17 de marzo de 2017, 17:06Tehran, March 17 (Prensa Latina) Iran confirmed today that it reached agreements with Saudi Arabia so that its Muslim citizens may come this year to the Hajj procession, which they were deprived in 2016 due to diplomatic disputes.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is heading back to the kingdom from China after completing his month-long tour of Asia.

The countries he visited are some of the world's biggest importers of oil from Saudi Arabia.

Ties worsened in January past year when protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in response to Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism, leading Riyadh to sever diplomatic ties. Saudi Arabia has sought to increase its oil sales to China, also the world's second-largest oil market, after losing some of its market share to Russian Federation in 2016.