Saudi Arabia threatens to ‘red list’ Bangladesh’s hajj office

  • June 7, 2023

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Source: The Daily Star

Saudi Arabia has threatened to put Bangladesh’s hajj office in the Kingdom on the “red list” if it does not process visas for at least 80% of pilgrims by today.

The warning came after the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah informed the Bangladesh Hajj Office in Jeddah of its decision on June 5. The government further stated that if the targets are not met, the Bangladesh Hajj Office will be held accountable.

Jahirul Islam, Councilor, Bangladesh Hajj Office, Saudi Arabia, advised the Religious Affairs government of the Kingdom’s warning and urged the government to take appropriate action.

The International Cooperation Department of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stated in the letter. “We express our gratitude to the hajj offices of those countries that have completed their activities in accordance with the agreement with Saudi Arabia regarding the issuance of hajj pilgrim visas.”

“However, some countries’ hajj offices have been placed on the red list.” As a result, severe complications have arisen in the implementation and completion of many activities. However, the respective hajj offices will be solely responsible,” according to the letter signed by Al-Hasan Al-Manakherah, representative of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s International Cooperation Department.

“By June 7 (Wednesday), we hope to have completed 80 percent of the work of issuing visas to pilgrims.” In the event of failure, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will be forced to take whatever measures,” the letter also threatened.