Kingdom denies reports King Abdullah invited Iranian President Rouhani to perform Hajj

October 16, 2013

An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today denied reports that the Custodian of the Two ‎Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to ‎perform Hajj this year.  The official said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not extend ‎invitations to Islamic leaders to perform the Hajj.  Saudi Arabia annually receives a number of ‎leaders of Islamic countries who desire to perform Hajj based on their abilities. The Kingdom, ‎within the framework of its services to the pilgrims, provides all services which enable pilgrims to ‎carry out their religious observances in comfort and safety.

“Regarding reports that the Custodian ‎of the Two Holy Mosques has invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to perform Hajj this ‎year, the source said that the Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam and that the Kingdom of Saudi ‎Arabia does not extend official invitation to perform Hajj, which is a religious duty.  “The desire to perform Hajj is the decision of the individual leaders and officials of the Islamic World,” ‎the official said.‎