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Efforts to secure visas for king’s Haj guests stepped up

RIYADH: The designated body responsible for attending and serving the 1,400 special guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for Haj this year has intensified its efforts to issue visas for them as quickly as possible.
According to Abdullah Al-Medlej, head of the program’s general secretary, his office is in constant contact with Saudi embassies abroad to issue visas for this year’s guests from 70 different countries.
He said there are other parties besides the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance who implement the program.
Other government agencies in Saudi Arabia offer services to overcome difficulties faced by the secretariat including the Foreign Ministry, represented by Saudi embassies in these particular states.
“We are in constant contact with them as partners to inform these guest, provide services to them and sort out visa issue,” the official said, adding there is great cooperation to overcome difficulties to help in completing their travel procedures at airports.
These embassies themselves select the guests who meet the terms and conditions, in accordance with the number determined for each state based on the proportion of Muslims in that country, the size of the state, its importance and the need for hosting them.

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