Prince Nayef says steps will be taken to prevent unauthorized pilgrims

November 30, 2009

Addressing reporters in Makkah yesterday following a meeting of the Higher Hajj Committee, Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz announced that actions will be taken to prevent unauthorized pilgrims from participating in next year’s Hajj. “Those who desire to perform Hajj should get the permit card from the concerned authorities,” he said. “There should be a gap of five years from the Hajj they had performed earlier. This is valid for both the citizens and the residents in the Kingdom.” He added that further studies will be conducted on the subject of illegal pilgrims.

Prince Nayef commended the efforts made by the Makkah Governorate, led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, during this year’s pilgrimage. “The Governorate of Makkah province has exerted successful efforts . . . as regards all matters concerning Hajj,” he said. “I do appreciate and respect all what has been done by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, as well as the high-level performance of the Central Hajj Committee under his chairmanship."