1999 News Story

Assistance Given To Iraqi Pilgrims Arriving Overland (Hajj 1419)

Interior Minister Prince Nayef Ibn Abdul Aziz reported today that 18,000 Iraqi pilgrims have congregated at the Jadidat Arar crossing point in the Kingdom's Northern Borders Province. These pilgrims are late in arriving, and the border is technically closed for this year's Hajj ; moreover, many of them are unable to pay their expenses for the pilgrimage. Nevertheless, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz has decreed that all their expenses will be paid by the Kingdom, including accommodation, food, transportation and guidance for the rituals, so that the pilgrims will be able to participate in the Hajj with their Muslim brothers.