Saudi Arabia increases Bangladesh's Hajj quota

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 21:02, Dec 04, 2019 | Updated : 21:26, Dec 04, 2019

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque at the end of their Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 13, 2019. REUTERSIn a momentous step, Saudia Arabia has increased Bangladesh's Hajj quota from 127,000 to 137,000, paving the way for 10,000 more Bangladeshis, to go for the annual pilgrimage.

The decision came after meeting between State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah and Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat held in Mecca on Wednesday (Dec 4).

State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah at a meeting at Mecca on Dec 4, 2019.A religious affairs ministry official, Sheikh Najmul Huq Saikat confirmed the matter to Bangla Tribune.

A team, led by religious affairs state minister, is currently visiting Saudi Arabia to negotiate further issues regarding Bangladeshi pilgrims.