India and Saudi Arabia Seal Bilateral Agreement

  • 09 Jan 2024

On 7th January, 2024, India and Saudi Arabia formalized a bilateral agreement, signifying an important development as India secureed a quota of 1,75,025 pilgrims for the annual Haj pilgrimage in 2024.

Key Points

  • Quota Allocation: The agreement finalizes a total quota of 1,75,025 pilgrims for Haj 2024. The Haj Committee reserves 1,40,020 seats, while 35,005 pilgrims can proceed through private operators.
  • Digital Initiatives Appreciation: Saudi Arabia expresses sincere appreciation for India's digital initiatives, acknowledging the last-mile information provided to pilgrims.
  • The proposal to involve women without a Mehram in the Haj pilgrimage is highlighted as a commitment to inclusivity.
  • Medical Facilities Enhancement: Discussions encompass plans to enhance medical facilities for the well-being of pilgrims, showcasing a collaborative spirit and fortification of bilateral relations.
  • Visit to Haj Terminal: Irani and Muraleedharan visit the Haj Terminal in Jeddah to oversee arrangements for pilgrims, exploring ways to facilitate better logistics and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Exchange of Haj Management Experiences: Experiences on Haj management and administration are shared, with a focus on digital initiatives, medical facilities, and care for women pilgrims.
  • Exploration of Collaboration: Both countries resolve to explore avenues for further exchange of ideas and collaboration to ensure maximum benefits for Haj pilgrims through the adoption of best practices.