India’s Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Haj and Umrah, Muhammad Saleh Benten signed a bilateral agreement for Haj 2019, on Thursday in Jeddah.
Senior officials from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Haj and Umrah headed by the Haj and Umrah Minister, Muhammad Saleh Benten met the senior delegates from India led by Indian Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
The meeting revolved around matters concerning the forthcoming Haj and cooperation between the two countries. It was concluded with the signing of a Bilateral Haj Agreement between India and Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The ratification took place at the Saudi Minister’s office in the city of Jeddah.
The Indian Minister of Minority Affairs further expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the Haj arrangements made available to Indian Hajis during in 2018. India is one of the few countries that has implemented Saudi Arabia’s online E-Haj System. During the meeting, Minister Naqvi asserted that India will continue to cooperate for the success of the e-path system.
Many aspects related to the 2019 Haj were discussed during the visit and both countries assured cooperation and support. Prior to this, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. The two leaders discussed a boost in investment and trade between India and Saudi Arabia.