Saudi Arabia Continues to Offer Distinguished Services for Syrian Pilgrims; Allegations of Ban are Baseless
Department of Media and Communications
March 30, 2019
The Syrian Coalition denies allegations by the Assad regime’s Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) about a Saudi ban on Syrian pilgrims. It stresses that these allegations are baseless.
The Coalition reiterates its appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its continued efforts to provide services and facilitations for Syrian pilgrims and to enable them to perform the hajj pilgrimage with utmost ease and smoothness.
For the past seven years, the Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee has been catering for all Syrian pilgrims in coordination with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Syrians have been able to perform the hajj pilgrimage thanks to the remarkable services and care being provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The hajj policy covering the 2019 season (1440 Hijri) included increasing Syria’s quota to 22,500 pilgrims. We expect the quota to increase further in the coming years.
The Syrian Coalition, as has been the case over the past years, is keen to ensure that all Syrian citizens from everywhere in Syria have access to the services being provided by the Supreme Haj Committee without any exceptions.
On behalf of all the Syrian people, we reiterate our thanks and appreciation for the positions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their efforts to serve the hajj pilgrims in general and for Syrian pilgrims in particular.