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'Ideal if all Indian Haj pilgrims are accommodated in a single area'
Saturday February 20, 2016 11:08 PM, News Network

Hajj 2016

Former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain Thursday while thanking the Saudi government for the excellent services and facilities being extended to the guests of God, expressed confidence that the proposal mooted by the Long Term Accommodation Committee (LTAC) will be implemented soon.

“Most of the Indian pilgrims do not know Arabic and hence it would be ideal to accommodate them in a single area where all services are available", Hussain, who is the Chairman of the Long Term Accommodation Committee (LTAC) said.

"The government of India has formed the LTAC with this in mind and we are thanking the government of King Salman for his keenness to provide the best ever services and facilities for our pilgrims", he added.

“In the past 16 years, I have seen significant improvement in the services being extended to pilgrims from India, which hosts the second largest Muslim community in the world", Hussain who held talks with the Saudi official s on the matter said.

"Bilateral relations between India and the Kingdom are excellent and they have improved tremendously after King Salman’s ascension to the throne as well as after Salman’s visit to India as crown prince,” he said.

Hussain expressed hope that the forthcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Kingdom would be instrumental in taking the strategic partnership to further heights.

The Haj rituals are held every year in the month of Dhul Hijja. About three million people from all across the world, inclduing about 150,000 Indians throng the Holy City Makkah during this annual event.


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