JAKARTA: Indonesia managed to get an increase in the quota of 221,000 pilgrims without age limit to perform the Hajj in the Holy Land of Mecca this year.
The agreement was signed by the Minister of Religion, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas and the Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia, Tawfiq F Al Rabiah in Jeddah.
The quota consists of 203,320 regular pilgrims and 17,680 special pilgrims with the official quota also increased to 4,200 people.
“Alhamdulillah, the 2023 hajj mission has started. I signed a hajj agreement with the Saudi Hajj Minister and Indonesia’s hajj quota this year has been increased,” explained Yaqut.
In addition to the quota, this agreement also controls the landing of aircraft in Jeddah and Madinah, as well as some new policies related to Hajj services.
The Hajj quota for Indonesian pilgrims last year was 100,051 people and the Saudi Arabian government previously implemented an age requirement for pilgrims under 65 years of age.
“According to the agreement, this year there is no age limit for pilgrims. This means that pilgrims aged 65 and above can also perform Hajj this year,” he said.-AGENCIES
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