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19 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh-Saudi bilateral talks

Dhaka to seek rise in Hajj quota

Deepak Acharjee, Dhaka

A high-level government delegation will visit Saudi Arabia this week for bilateral talks to increase the Hajj quota for Bangladeshi pilgrims by more than 20,000. State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah will lead the three-member delegation. The Bangladeshi team will meet Saudi Arabia’s minister of hajj and umrah Dr Mohammad Saleh Bin Taher Benten, minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance Dr Abdullatif Bin Abdul Aziz and Muslim World League secretary general Dr Mohammad Bin Abdul Karim Issa on February 22.

Religious affairs ministry secretary Md. Anisur Rahman, who will be part of the delegation, told The Independent that Bangladesh had placed the issue of increasing quota during a Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia. “During our visit in Saudi Arabia, we will raise the issue again. More than 20,000 Hajjis are likely to get the opportunity to perform hajj if the Saudi authorities increase the quota,” he said.

Besides, the Bangladeshi delegation will also request the Saudi authorities to complete the immigration process at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to ease sufferings of the Hajjis. Rahman said the Hajjis from Malaysia and Indonesia have been completing their immigration processes at their respective airports for the past two years. “We are hopeful that our Hajjis could do the same at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport itself. Then they won’t have to complete the immigration formalities at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah,” he alos said.

“After completing immigration from the Bangladeshi immigration point at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, another immigration desk operated by the Saudi immigration personnel will complete the required process for the Bangladeshi Hajjis. They will receive their luggage and move to their destination after reaching Saudi Arabia,” he added.

The secretary further said that they will request the Saudi authorities to improve air condition facilities for the comfort of Bangladeshi Hajjis during their stay in Arafat area, where the mercury rises up to 42°–52°C during the Hajj period.

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