Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 01:36 PM IST

Iran finally receives Haj invite from Saudi Arabia

Updated: Jan 11, 2017 04:02 IST

London [UK], Jan. 11 (ANI): Iran has said that it has finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Haj.

There was no official Iranian delegation at last year's Haj after Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran following the torching of its missions in Tehran and Mashhad by protesters last January, reports the Guardian.

The tone is "not that much different from past letters", Haj affairs representative Ali Ghazi Askar said, adding that Iran would respond in the coming days.

Negotiations for Iranian pilgrims to join last year's Haj broke down over the questions of where their visas should be issued and how their security could be assured following the deaths of 464 in a stampede at the Haj site in 2015.

The Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Dec 30 that Saudi Pilgrimage Minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, on the arrangements for the 2017 Haj. (ANI)

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World leaders condemn U.K. Parliament attack

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 07:19 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In the wake of the unfortunate terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, political leaders across the world have come forward and condemned the incident in strong words.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Akin to other terror attacks in the recent years, countries like France and Israel showed solidarity with London post the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): There will be no major escalation in security measures in the metropolitan cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai - following the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Met Police have confirmed that five people, including the attacker, died and at least 40 were injured in the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described the major terror attack on the Parliament, which shook the nation on Wednesday, as "sick and depraved."

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