India on June 12 asked Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to reduce the number of overseas pilgrims to the country by 20%.
“We have been informed by the Saudi government that they intend to bring about reduction of 50% internal pilgrims from Saudi Arabia for the Haj and 20% from all pilgrims overseas. Given the fact that the processes for Haj pilgrimage have already been initiated, we have requested the Saudi authorities both in Delhi and in Riyadh to reconsider their decision taking into account the advanced stage of preparations. We are awaiting a response from them,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin..
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