Uzbekistan President Receives Minister of Hajj and Umrah
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has received Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabeah in Tashkent at the conclusion of the two-day official visit of the minister.
The minister conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to President Mirziyoyev and the Uzbek government and people and their wishes of further growth and prosperity for Uzbekistan in light of ongoing reforms that the republic is witnessing, stressing that the visit is an extension of distinguished historical relations between the two countries and resulted in several cooperation agreements in various fields, such as the Hajj and Umrah, which reflects the great efforts of the leadership in serving Islam and Muslims and facilitating procedures for pilgrims and Umrah performs.
The minister added that the recent Hajj season saw the participation of some 12,000 Uzbek pilgrims after authorities increased the numbers of pilgrims following the ease of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that more than 36,000 people from Uzbekistan has performed Umrah during the last two months, the majority of whom managed to visit Madinah and pray at Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifah and visiting religious and historical sites in Madinah.
Al-Rabeah’s visit witnessed holding several meetings with various officials to discuss means of enhancing cooperation in various fields and developing distinguished ties between the two countries, mainly after automating all services and programs that are now offered electronically through Nusuk platform and issuing visit and Umrah visas quickly, pointing out that the Umrah visa has been extended from one to three months for all Umrah performers of all nationalities.
The minister met with several Uzbek officials as part of boosting cooperation between the two countries in various fields and stressing the deep-rooted bilateral relations.
Talks during the visit also reviewed means to enhance strategic bilateral cooperation between the two sides to enhance the quality of services provided to Uzbek Umrah performers, in addition to going over the possibility of increasing the activities of joint committees in several aspects, including increasing the number of flights between the two countries.