Deputy head of Russia’s Hajj mission Mousa Asiyov visited the office of the Islamic Revolution Leader’s representative in Mecca, holding talks with Hojat-ol-Islam Seyyed Hossein Roknedini, deputy head of the office.
The Russian official said that they and the families of pilgrims use a special application to get information about the conditions of Russian pilgrims.
Regretting the two-year hiatus of the Hajj ritual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Asiyov also briefed on the presence of Russian Muslims in this year’s Hajj as well as some of the problems that they faced while dispatching pilgrims.
For his part, Roknedini named Hajj as an opportunity for meeting Muslims, noting that these meetings and consultations can prepare the ground for the expansion of ties between nations and governments.
The Iranian official named the reduction of countries’ quotas as well as increasing costs as major challenges that have “worried” Muslims this year.
Referring to Iran’s rich experience in the fields of training, catering, and medical affairs, Roknedini invited the Russian delegation to visit Iran’s medical centers as well as the central kitchen in Mecca.
He expressed Iran’s readiness to share its experiences with the Russian side in the form of training workshops.
Furthermore, the cleric pointed to the presence of Iran’s Noor Quranic Convoy in Mecca, noting that the group can hold Quranic programs for Russian pilgrims as well.