The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Bangkok has told Thai authorities that people applying for Hajj visas must go through officially appointed representatives only and it will not accept visa applications from operators taking Hajj pilgrims to Mecca.
Muslim pilgrims pray at the Mount of Mercy (also called Mount Arafat) during the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Arafat, Saudi Arabia last year. Millions of Muslim pilgrims gathered to spend the day on Mount Arafat, one of the main rituals of their pilgrimage. (EPA photo)
The Chularatchamontri and the Department of Religious Affairs have been asked to discuss the list of appointed representatives and inform the embassy, according to Preecha Cuntheeya, director-general of the Department of Religious Affairs.
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